Man’s Car, Wife’s Ashes Stolen From Elk Grove Car Wash By Woman Posing As Employee

CBS Sacramento

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ELK GROVE (CBS13) — A man lost his car and his wife’s ashes at an Elk Grove car wash after a thief posed as an employee.

“I’m upset to have lost my wife, but I’m more upset to have lost her ashes,” Melvin Hayes said.

Thursday was supposed to be about closure for Hayes.

“Today was the day I was burying my wife,” he said.

But that all changed when his car with his wife’s ashes inside was stolen from an Elk Grove car wash.

Hayes says a woman pretended to work at the car wash, befriending him before stealing his car. When he went to see why his car wasn’t done yet, he was told that his “girlfriend” took it.

In disbelief, Hayes says he could only think about the ashes in the back.

“Someone could dump my wife’s ashes in the Sacramento River…

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