This Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk was stolen out of Justin Bruce’s driveway Jan. 16 in Fraser. It contained personal items that belonged to his now-deceased father, Daniel.

This Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk was stolen out of Justin Bruce’s driveway Jan. 16 in Fraser. It contained personal items that belonged to his now-deceased father, Daniel.

Photo provided by Terry DeYonker Kole


Stolen Jeep had cremated remains of veteran, military memorabilia

By: Nick Mordowanec | Fraser - Clinton Township Chronicle | Published January 25, 2021

 Daniel Bruce’s cremated remains were inside the stolen Jeep. Authorities are working to locate the vehicle.

Daniel Bruce’s cremated remains were inside the stolen Jeep. Authorities are working to locate the vehicle.

Photo provided by Terry DeYonker Kole

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FRASER — At press time, police were on the lookout for a stolen vehicle that reportedly contained numerous military-related memorabilia and the cremated remains of a lost loved one.

On Jan. 17, Terry DeYonker Kole made a Facebook post that has since gone viral, “asking for eyes and prayers” after the vehicle belonging to her nephew’s deceased father was reportedly stolen.

Justin Bruce, of Fraser, had returned from Virginia Jan. 16 after dealing with the affairs of his father, Daniel, who died Jan. 2. He drove his father’s Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk back to Macomb County, parking the vehicle in his driveway.

The Jeep was stolen within 45 minutes of his being home, Kole stated, including photographs and military medals located inside the vehicle.

Other items inside the Jeep included Daniel’s naval uniform, numerous photo albums, military challenge coins, and a container holding the cremated remains of Daniel.

“Justin says he doesn’t care about the car,” Kole said. “All he cares about are the memories inside the car. Everything that he had of his father’s was in that car.”

Daniel Bruce was retired from the U.S. Navy. Stationed at the Pentagon on 9/11, he helped colleagues retreat to safety. Some artifacts from that day were said to be inside the stolen vehicle.

Fraser Department of Public Safety Interim Director Mike Pettyes said Jan. 18 that his department was working with several other law enforcement agencies in metro Detroit on the case.

“We don’t think this is an isolated event,” Pettyes said. “It’s a plan from a group of people and we’re trying to track them down.”

Whether or not the vehicle is located or recovered is a separate task from recovering the prized possessions, Pettyes added.

“A lot of times the valuable things are taken and the things nobody wants are kind of discarded,” he said. “We don’t always get those back.”

As of Jan. 20, Kole’s Facebook post was shared across numerous communities.

Justin and his wife are offering a $15,000 reward for information that leads to the recovery of the vehicle and/or items. The vehicle has a Virginia license plate.

Anyone with information can contact Fraser DPS at (586) 293-1425.

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