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December 19, 2014 at 11:22 AM

Unclaimed cremated remains at rest in Puget Sound

The Associated Press

TACOMA — The cremated remains of 23 people were dropped Thursday into the waters of Puget Sound off Fox Island.

Pierce County Medical Examiner Thomas Clark decided to dispose of the remains in the Sound after they went unclaimed for years.

A sheriff’s patrol boat carried the ashes. Two fire department chaplains said a few words as the ashes were scattered.

Clark told The News Tribune the ceremony celebrated the lives of the uncelebrated. It may become a regular way to dispose of unclaimed remains.

“It makes me feel that we’re closing a chapter,” he said. “We’re celebrating lives that were otherwise uncelebrated.”

 

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