Family claims urn stolen in 2012

Police found an urn containing ashes under a vehicle in an underground parking garage on...

Police found an urn containing ashes under a vehicle in an underground parking garage on Commissioners Rd. E. on Oct. 18, 2012. (Police photo)

Dale Carruthers, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:05 PM ET

LONDON, Ont. ─ The case of a mysterious urn containing human ashes has finally been put to rest.

Found but unclaimed for a year and a half, someone came forward to claim their relative's remains after London, Ont., police went public looking for the owner.

"We were satisfied that the urn belonged to them and it has since been turned over," Const. Ken Steeves said Tuesday.

The mystery began Oct. 18, 2012, when police found an urn under a vehicle in a parking garage.

Since then, police had kept the fabricated metal container stored in an evidence room at police headquarters.

Investigators were told the urn likely had a tag inside with the deceased person's information. But when police had an expert open the container, there was no ID tag.

Before turning the urn over to a London cemetery for burial, police appealed to the public and released a photograph of the box in a final effort to find the rightful owner.

A member of the board of directors at the Pond Mills Cemetery contacted police after reading about the urn.

Doug Beattie told police about an urn stolen from the east London cemetery on Aug. 31, 2012.

"It's about as low as you can go," Beattie said of the theft.

Beattie put police in touch with the family of the stolen urn, who confirmed the recovered container belongs to them.

No arrests have been made in the theft.

dale.carruthers@sunmedia.ca

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