12/18/2014 02:39 EST | Updated 02/17/2015 05:59 EST

Stolen suitcase found in B.C. but missing most of dead sister's belongings

NANAIMO, B.C. - Police have recovered a stolen suitcase that contained the prized belongings of a dead B.C. woman, but most of items her sister had saved are still missing.

The suitcase was taken from Michelle Pearson's vandalized car, and the only things she found were her sister's favourite teddy bears in some nearby bushes.

The suitcase was full of keepsakes including death and cremation certificates of Pearson's sister, her cell phone, a blue sapphire necklace and photos of the two siblings.

Pearson sister died suddenly on Nov. 28 after complications from surgery.

Police say a tip led them to the suitcase on Tuesday night, but the only items inside were some clothes and memorial cards from the funeral service and that they're continuing to look for the missing items.

Mounties say that on Wednesday morning, Pearson walked out of her apartment building and saw her sister's phone sitting on the front steps and is ecstatic that she can now listen to her sister's voice messages.