Kent

Box of cremated remains mysteriously turns up at Kent park

Update: The deceased woman's daughter contacted the sheriff's office Tuesday night to claim the remains.

KENT, Wash. -- A box of cremated human remains mysteriously showed up at a Kent park last week, and now deputies are trying to find the rightful owner.

A King County Parks worker found the remains in a nondescript brown box last Monday while mowing the lawn at Soos Creek Park.

A parks supervisor handed the box over to police, who began working to identify the owner.

A tag inside the box showed the remains belonged to a woman named Beatrice Elaine Park, who died at age 82 on May 18, 2004, according to the King County sheriff's office.

American Burial and Cremation Services was also listed on the box. When officers called the business, they were told the remains had been given to Beatrice's husband, Hugh Park, after her death.

But when officers tried to contact Park to return the ashes, they learned he died in 2006.

Now they're left trying to find next-of-kin or anyone else who has claim to the remains.

Anyone with information is asked to call the King County sheriff's office at (206) 296-3311 and reference case number 13-174358.