An Ohio family is desperately trying to track down their mom’s ashes — which were inside the luggage that someone snatched from a Las Vegas hotel, according to a report.
Dan and Colten Dalton checked out of the Flamingo Las Vegas hotel on Tuesday, leaving their bags at the bell desk so they could walk the Strip with their granny before flying back home.
But when the trio — who traveled to Vegas to pick up 45-year-old Terra Kay Dalton’s ashes — returned, the luggage with her remains inside was gone, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.
“I feel like I’ve lost my mom twice now,” Dan Dalton told the newspaper.
Colten Dalton said he lost his luggage stub while on their stroll, and someone else apparently picked it up — and used it to claim their bags.
“They showed us a ticket and said somebody had claimed it and told us there was nothing [they] could do,” he said of bellhops at the hotel.
The Daltons later filed a police report while at McCarren International Airport. Security at the Flamingo had footage of a man and a woman in their 40s handing over a stub before walking off with the Daltons’ luggage, police said in the report.
While the case is categorized as a burglary, it’s unclear as to whether the unidentified couple intentionally took the family’s luggage, a Las Vegas police spokesman said.
“We’re going to take a report because property was taken, but I can’t speak to their intent,” Officer Aden Ocampo-Gomez said. “I can’t assume that that’s intentionally what they were trying to do.”
The Daltons, meanwhile, are upset that bell staffers at the Flamingo didn’t ask the couple to formally identify themselves prior to handing over the bags.
“This can’t be the first time someone’s lost their luggage tag,” Dan Dalton told the newspaper.
A message seeking comment from Caesars Entertainment Group — which owns the hotel — was not immediately returned Friday.
Terra Dalton, an Ohio native who moved to North Carolina last year, died on Jan. 10 while vacationing in Sin City. The results of her autopsy are still pending, but she suffered from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and needed an oxygen tank, her sons said.
“I do think maybe she was meant to be there when she passed,” Colten Dalton said. “She loved Vegas.”
Poker was Dalton’s game of choice, according to her obituary.
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