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Surprise Police Department Police Department
14250 W. Statler Plaza
Surprise, Arizona 85374
Office 623.222.4000
Fax 623.222.4008
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For Immediate Release
CONTACT: Sergeant Mark Ortega
Public Information Officer
Police Non Emergency: (623) 222-4000

Police Reunite Woman with Husband’s Stolen Remains

SURPRISE, Ariz. (August 24, 2011)… On August 9, 2011, Surprise Police were called to the Goodwill store located at the 14000 block of Northwest Grand Avenue after an urn was discovered in their drop box.  Detectives were able to trace the sealed urn to a local funeral home where they were provided with decedent’s next of kin.  Apparently, the urn containing the remains of Jon Fitzgerald, were stolen during the July 2011 burglary of the home of his late wife, in Glendale AZ.  Fitzgerald’s wife recovered the urn immediately upon notification by the Surprise Police.  Information regarding the circumstances and recovery of the urn was turned over to the Glendale Police Department reference their ongoing investigation.