Saturday, June 11, 2011

Where Is Granny...?

Well, I guess this is one way to avoid the cost of a funeral!

Still, I don't know if Granny will appreciate it...if she is aware of it! However, she might have spent enough time at the Goodwill store that she might feel right at home!

This story is certainly interesting, if nothing else!

Who left grandma behind? Urn shows up in donations at Goodwill store in Fenton

FENTON, Michigan — Someone dropped off grandma and left her at Goodwill — in an urn.

Workers at the Goodwill in Fenton were sorting through donated items just before Easter when they came across a box labeled “grandma’s urn.”

Inside was an 10-inch-tall, cream-colored urn, with something inside, presumably ashes, presumably grandma’s. The urn weighs about 10 pounds, has no identifying marks or serial numbers and is sealed, according to police.

The Goodwill store, 3150 Owen Road, has held onto the urn in hopes that the person who dropped it off would come back to retrieve it. But that didn’t happen.

Now state police have it and are searching for answers, like: Who dropped it off? And what —or who — is inside?

“It’s got to be the No. 1 or No. 2 weirdest item we’ve ever received,” said Allen Ryckman, store manager. “I think the associates (who found it) were a little bit flabbergasted and a little bit creeped out. It looked like the items were part of a house clean-out.”

Goodwill usually gets more mundane donations, such as clothing and books, Ryckman said.

Michigan State Police are searching for the person who dropped off an urn in this box at a Fenton Goodwill store.

The store has received l other unusual items, donations, such as expensive jewelry, custom pieces of art that the agency sells on-line and “R-rated items we can’t talk about,” Ryckman said.

But this was the first urn.

Ryckman said he contacted a couple of local funeral homes to try to find the owners without success.

He has learned there probably is a name or other identifying characteristic inside the sealed urn.

State police Detective Sgt. Jeff Bauermeister said police may investigate opening the urn, but for now they will store it at the Flint post.

"We've handled a number of found property cases over the years, but this is a first for me," he said. "We want to be sure the urn was not accidentally or unintentionally given to Goodwill."

Let's all hope that grandma is soon reunited with her family, and let's hope that the family is missing Grandma! It would be very disappointing to find out that the family took granny's urn to Goodwill on purpose! I don't know why, but it would!

I don't know about you, but I could use some fresh coffee! Let's take some out to the patio, OK?


Sixbears said...

What ever happened to scattering the ashes? Yes, it's technically against the law in a lot of places, but it's better than Goodwill.

Are we going to be judged as a culture by how we respect our dead? We are in trouble then.

Dizzy-Dick said...

That could have been an accadent. Maybe someone bought a house and cleaned it out not knowing what that item was.

The Good Luck Duck said...

The family was going full-time, and Granny wasn't pulling her own ten pounds of weight. We RVers can get fanatical.

I think we should be judged on how we respect our living, but we may be in trouble there, too.


HermitJim said...

Hey Sixbears...
Still makes a lot of sense to me, illegal or not!

I think I would be happy if my ashes could just be scattered in a field in the country somewhere!

Not real soon, ya understand!

Thanks, buddy, for coming by today!

Hey DD...
That's what I think might have happened. Let's hope it was anyway!

Now days you just never know!

Thanks, my friend, for coming over today!

Hey Duck...
I think we are definitely in trouble with respecting the living, as well as the dead!

Completely different world than the one I grew up in!

I appreciate you coming over today!

The Griper said...

thought you and your guests might like this inspirational video that i found;


TROUBLEnTX said...

She's gonna haunt that ol house forever!!