CALIFORNIA (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — A California coastal cleanup crew ended months of anguish for a grieving family with the discovery of cremated remains of loved ones that had been in a van that was stolen before a funeral service.

Damadis Sanchez was 34 when she was killed along with her 8-year-old son, Anthony, in a traffic accident in Texas. Her brother, Gerson Lopes, had their remains returned to the family near LA.

Last April, the family was preparing for a memorial service when a van with the ashes inside was stolen.

Lopes says it was like a weight off his shoulders to finally get the remains.

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