BRANDON, Fla. (FOX 13) - A grieving father is relieved after getting word his missing truck and the precious cargo inside have been found. Inside the truck, behind the passenger's seat, was an urn containing his daughter's ashes.
Donald Butler's truck was disappeared over the weekend from the Staybridge Suite's parking lot in Tampa, Florida.
Tucked away, behind the driver's seat, Butler says he kept a small urn containing the ashes of his daughter who recently passed away.
"Beautiful girl, young in life," said Butler.
The family was staying at the hotel, preparing for their daughter's funeral, when Sunday, Butler noticed it was gone.
"You don't know the pain," said Butler as he tried to hold back tears Friday afternoon.
Butler said he did not care what the thief does with his truck, "just drop off the ashes, keep the truck."
The truck was found at an impound lot in Plant City. It's still unclear how it got there, but Butler said he is just happy to know his daughter's ashes will be returned.
STOLEN TRUCK! Unknown suspects removed the victim's Ford F-150 crew cab from the parking lot of Staybridge Suites. There was an urn with his daughter's ashes inside of the truck when it was stolen. Please #bolo for the stolen truck & if located, call HCSO at 813-247-8200. pic.twitter.com/iexKbaEvpS— HCSO #teamhcso (@HCSOSheriff) September 12, 2019