FENTON (WWJ) – Michigan State Police may have caught a break in the case on an urn left at a Goodwill store near Flint just before Easter.

The box was labeled “Grandma’s Urn,” and contained a cream-colored urn about 10 inches tall that weighed about 10 pounds.

MSP Lieutenant Stephen Sipes said the department got a call from the apparent owner, who said they lost the urn during a recent move.

“The caller said that there were, typically, some sort of identification label inside of the container that this urn is in. They said there’s some sort of metal tag that will identify the remains inside,” Sipes said.

Police are now attempting to match a metal plate in the bottom of the urn with one at a funeral home.

Fenton Goodwill store manager Allen Ryckman told The Flint Journal “it’s got to be the No. 1 or No. 2 weirdest item” the store has ever received, and Sipes can concur.

“It’s pretty unusual. I’ve been in the department for 22 years and this is the first time that I’ve come across an unidentified urn,” Sipes said.

Police are hopeful that “Grandma” could be reunited with her family as soon as the end of the day.


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