Broken container with possible human ashes found on BX Falls trail

Cremated ashes on trail

Vernon RCMP are hoping to identify next of kin after cremated ashes were found near a popular hiking trail.

A hiker on the BX Falls trail found what they believed to be a broken urn and a bag containing cremated human remains on Oct. 15.

When police arrived, they found the bag containing the ashes and pieces of a broken, decorative box believed to have held the remains.

"At this time, it is unclear how the items ended up here, however, based on the location, and the manner in which they were found, police do not believe this was the intended resting place for the remains," says Const. Chris Terleski.

"The container has deteriorated after being exposed to the elements, however, we are hoping the unique pattern printed on the lid ... will be recognized and someone will come forward."

Police would like to return the remains to the rightful owner for proper interment.

If you have information that may assist police, contact Const. Steven McCarthy at 250-545-7171.

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