A family has been left “distraught” after finding an elderly relative’s wedding rings were stolen from her finger in the hospital where she died.
The woman, who was in her 80s, was being treated at Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford. She was admitted on June 6 and stayed in the Notley Ward, where her daughter saw the rings were taped over.
But when staff removed the tape, they discovered her rings had been replaced with low-value “tin” bands.
Now Essex Police are appealing for anyone with information to come forward after the gold wedding ring and ruby and diamond eternity band of sentimental value were taken.
The woman died after nine days, and her rings were not removed during treatment, police said.
A police spokesman said her family have been left “distraught” by the incident.
Officers have appealed for anyone with information on the rings, including people who have been approached to buy similar rings, to call 101 and quote reference 42/112803/21.