A young Melbourne woman is devastated after a ring containing her sister’s ashes was stolen.
Suzie Elphinstone’s sister, Erin, died in a car accident in May, just five minutes from her home.
Erin was missing for two days before police confirmed to her family she had died in the accident.
To remember her sister, and “one of her best friends”, Suzie sent her ashes to a company in the Netherlands, who specialise in ‘cremation rings’, which build loved one’s ashes into jewellery.
But when Suzie went to pick up her parcel from the post office, her package had been tampered with and the beautiful ring had been stolen.
"I don't want to lose Erin again," Suzie wrote in a desperate plea to find the sentimental piece on Facebook.
"I feel so sick physically and honestly don't think I can recover if I [lose] this special piece of Erin."
She believes the ring may have been stolen to be sold in a pawn shop or online, even though the package clearly stated it contained cremated remains.
She has contacted Australia Post, who confirmed they are investigating the missing ring, and has also been in contact with the company who made the ring to determine whether it went missing on their end.
She told Daily Mail Australia the lost ring has made the death of her sister even more difficult to deal with.
"I feel like I've lost Erin twice, once in the accident and now this," Suzie said.
"It's so upsetting to know that part of Erin has been stolen and is with a complete stranger."
The ring is silver, and features a blue crystal inset which runs around the middle. Erin's name - Erin Michelle - is engraved on the inside of the piece.
So far, Suzie's heartfelt plea has been shared over 620 times. She is urging anyone who has any information about the missing ring to email her at [email protected]