UPDATE, 9:30 p.m.: The daughter of the woman whose remains were discovered in a Kent-area park has contacted the King County Sheriff’s Office, according to an email from Sgt. Cindi West. She wrote that the office will reunite the daughter with the remains later this week.
The King Sheriff’s Office had been looking for relatives of Beatrice Elaine Park, whose cremated remains were found in a brown box by a parks employee who was mowing grass near a Kent-area hiking trail.
The box, which has not been exposed to the elements for long and is in good condition, was found on July 22 near the Soos Creek Trail at Southeast 266th Street and 148 Avenue Southeast, according to Sgt. Cindi West, spokeswoman for the sheriff’s office.
West said a tag inside the box identified the remains as those of Park, who was 82 when she died in May 2004.
The crematory that prepared Park’s remains is Olympic Crematory Association in Centralia and the funeral home was American Burial and Cremation Services, West said. Police said they learned from the funeral home that the remains had been given to Park’s husband, Hugh Park. But investigators also learned that Hugh Parks died in 2006.