Ashes of man slain in Paris back in Oregon

Justin Little from Silverton has been murdered in Paris, France.
Justin Little from Silverton has been murdered in Paris, France.

SILVERTON, Ore. (AP) - The ashes of a 21-year-old Oregon man killed near Paris are finally back in his home state.

Justin Little's body was found Oct. 9 in a northeast suburb of Paris - dead from a cinder block blow to the head. Paris police reported that the killer stole his wallet, but not his passport nor his airplane ticket home.

Justin's father, Jim Little, has been in contact with U.S. Embassy officials in Paris about the unsolved murder. Weeks ago he wrote to French authorities, requesting they cremate his son's body and release the remains.

He and his wife, Tonya Little, received the urn earlier this month at Portland International Airport. The Littles put the metal urn on a China cabinet in their dining room which has photos of their son.

When they are ready, they plan to bury his ashes at St. Paul Catholic Cemetery in Silverton.   

Justin's murder remains unsolved.