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Teen girls charged in car prowling that led to human ashes dumped on street

CALGARY — A car prowling that ended in human ashes being dumped onto the street has led to the arrest of three teenage girls.

Colleen Ransom kept her daughter Emma’s ashes in a green velvet pouch in her truck. But in the early hours of Aug. 2, someone opened the unlocked vehicle in southeast Calgary, stole the pouch and emptied it onto the street.

Ransom says she’s relieved that charges have been laid.

“I feel horrible for the parents as I’ve raised four daughters and I know it’s a difficult job,” Ransom said in an email to the Calgary police Thursday.

“I just hope it will make the girls think a little bit about personal space and belongings and how they’re actions may affect someone else.”

A 15-year-old and a 13-year-old are charged with theft, while another 15-year-old has been charged with theft and property damage.

Emma Ransom, 19, was killed along with two other women in 2009 when the car they were in lost control, crossed the median and slammed into an oncoming car.

Tips from the public led police to lay the charges in the dumping of her ashes.

“It’s like most criminals. They tend to want to talk about stuff, regardless of what they’ve done, and they’re teenage girls . . . of course they’re going to talk,” said Det. Theresa Garagan.

 
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