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January 11, 2012 at 1:36 PM

Relatives reclaim box of cremains found at Lynnwood hotel

The owners of this box of human cremains have come forward.

A box containing human ashes, found Sunday in a Lynnwood hotel, have been returned to a father whose son died several years ago, police said Wednesday.

 The box had been stolen in a recent burglary from the father’s home in an unincorporated area of Snohomish County, just outside Lynnwood, said Lynnwood police spokeswoman Shannon Sessions.

 Police sought information on the box after it was found by a guest at the hotel in the 4100 block of 196th Street Southwest, sitting between two vending machines. The guest gave the box to a hotel employee who called 911.

 The box included a photo of a preschool age boy, with a name and “1980” on the back.

 On Tuesday afternoon, following news reports about the discovery, police were contacted by a member of the father’s family, Sessions said.

 Police were led to the father, who was contacted Wednesday and able to prove the cremated remains belonged to him, she said.

“Obviously the owner is grateful for their safe return,” a police statement said.

 The family does not want to be identified or speak publicly about the matter, including information about the death, according to Sessions.

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