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Grandma’s Ashes Donated To Goodwill

Goodwill is the perfect place to unload old furniture and your collection of Hawaiian shirts, but employees at one store were spooked by a recent donation.

Now, police are looking for the person who dropped off an ash-filled urn at a Flint, Mich., Goodwill.

A cardboard box marked “Grandma’ s urn” was donated around Easter had employees scratching their heads.

“We all sort of looked at it and said, ‘Is this what I think it is?’ And sure enough, it was,” said Allen Ryckman, the store’s manager.

Ryckman said they kept the urn at the store hoping someone would return to claim it.

“We sat on it for about two months hoping that a family member or relative would come back to the store realizing, you know, ‘Oops!’ And it just didn’t happen,” said Ryckman.

They eventually handed the urn over to police, who were equally shocked by the donation. Officers said they hope to return it to “grandma’s” family.

“It is the first time I’ve had this happen in my 22 years, it was a bit unusual and we just hope to get it back to its rightful owner,” said Lt. Stephen Sipes, of the Michigan State Police.

Story posted 2011.06.13 at 12:30 PM EDT

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