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Man accused of spreading ashes of Pasco woman's dad in bathroom

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Published:   |   Updated: July 17, 2013 at 09:48 PM

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ZEPHYRHILLS - A North Carolina man is accused of breaking into his former girlfriend's home, taking her father's ashes from an urn and spreading them in a bathroom, according to a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report.

Elvis Aaron Prechtl, 34, already in the Land O' Lakes Jail on an unrelated arrest, was charged Tuesday with the April burglary of Barbara Jackson's Zephyrhills residence while she was in Lake Wales caring for her ailing mother, according to the sheriff's office.

On April 28 about 2 p.m., Prechtl broke into the Salem Avenue home he once shared with Jackson, an arrest report said. Once inside, Prechtl dumped a trash can on the kitchen floor, drank a beer, and spread the ashes from the urn over the toilet and shower, deputies said.

"I was with him in a relationship, so I would surely hope that this is all not the truth," Jackson said Wednesday when reached on her cell phone.

The pair ended their relationship in March on his birthday.

After bathing and shaving, Prechtl left the home with six porcelain Native American dolls, a flat screen television, three collector's dishes, jewelry, a small, wooden ship, and clothing he left at the home, the report said.

Jackson, 50, said in a telephone interview she met Prechtl about two years ago while she was traveling on a Greyhound bus from Tampa to Edenton, N.C., to see her two daughters and her grandchildren. Jackson and Prechtl exchanged phone numbers and spoke frequently for close to two years before he moved in with her, she said.

The burglary was discovered by James Lee, who also lives at the house, deputies said. Lee told deputies Prechtl had been calling and threatening Jackson. Lee said in the past when Prechtl and Jackson would argue, Prechtl would threaten to flush the ashes down the toilet, the report said.

Prechtl, who is charged with burglary of a residence and simple battery, remains in the Land O' Lakes Jail with a $10,150 bond.

"I'll always love him and I'm trying to get him some help," Jackson said.

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