2 arrested, charged with stealing ashes of Franklin woman

Christopher Gengler, Jwyanza Weaver
Christopher Gengler (L) and Jwyanza Weaver (R)

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (WKRN) – Two people have been arrested for allegedly stealing the ashes of a Franklin woman during a home break-in earlier this week.

Officials told News 2 Christopher Gengler, 30, and Jwyanza Weaver, 27, will be charged with aggravated burglary and theft.

The ashes of 19-year-old Whitney Tuck were taken between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday from Joel Tuck’s home on South Margin Street.

He told News 2 his daughter died of Leukemia in 2005, just days after Christmas.

Whitney Tuck
Whitney Tuck

Whitney’s ashes were in a matte black wooden box that was 8.5 inches by 11 inches wide. It was kept inside her favorite pink purse and stored in Tuck’s room.

A second box, with the name “Duchess” engraved on the top of it, was also stolen. It contained the remains of Whitney’s puppy that died a short time after her. In addition to the ashes, the thieves took two flat screen televisions, several checkbooks, and a bottle of liquor from the Tuck home.

Authorities said after the burglary the suspects, who are both convicted felons, drove to a Shell gas station on Murfreesboro Road in Franklin, where Gengler threw the purse containing Whitney’s ashes into the trash.

“We’re just devastated by this,” said Tuck. “Our home was violated, and Whitney’s ashes, inside her favorite pink purse, were stolen from my room. I’m heartbroken, and just want her home.”

Detectives have been searching dumpsters in the area for six hours, but have yet to find the remains.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Whitney’s purse or her remains should call Franklin police at 615-794-2513.

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