Massachusetts man returns human ashes found at the beach

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NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man trying to enjoy a book at the beach got quite the surprise when he found a box containing human ashes.

George Silva tells The Standard-Times ( ) he found the box wedged in the rocks in New Bedford on Tuesday. Inside was a bag that had the name and number of a New Jersey crematorium.

He called, and was told the ashes were from a cremation performed three years ago in Elizabeth, New Jersey.

Silva was told someone must have accidentally dropped the box while trying to dump the ashes of a loved one into the ocean.

He saw the discovery as an opportunity to be a good Samaritan. He brought the ashes to a local cemetery on Thursday, and they will be returned to New Jersey.


Information from: The (New Bedford, Mass.) Standard-Times,

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