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Someone leaves ashes at a Wichita liquor store

October 02, 2013|by Jade DeGood | KWCH 12 Eyewitness News
Jade DeGood/Eyewitness News

(WICHITA, Kan.) — A downtown Wichita liquor store owner says he'll do anything to reunite lost ashes with the person they belong to.

Charlie Nguyen says someone left a baggie in his store along Central near Santa Fe two weeks ago. The baggie says "REMAINS OF Helen K. DaPron 10/05/1930 - 6/31/2010" - It also says "Grandma".

"I tried to watch the video in my store, but I couldn't find who left it here," said Nguyen.

Nguyen also put flyers around his store with "LOST AND FOUND: THIS IS THE REMAINS OF HELEN K DAPRON I FOUND HER ASHES ON MY COUNTER IN MY STORE IN A SMALL PLASTIC BAG." But still no one has come forward to claim the priceless item.

He called police to seek more help in locating the owner, but was concerned that the baggie would become "evidence" and be locked away.

"It has the word grandma," he said. "This is somebody's grandma. I cannot throw this one away."

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So he decided to place an ad on Craigslist in hopes of finding the owner.

"I waited for the phone to ring all day yesterday," he said. But still nothing. He said he'll even go as far as to place a paid ad in the paper if the owner still doesn't come forward.

"I don't care how much it's going to cost," said Nguyen. "It's something that's priceless."

If these ashes belong to you, or if the name rings a bell, Nguyen wants you to call him at (316) 616-5071 or stop by Charlie's Liquor and Smoke Shop on Central.

Eyewitness News found an obituary online for a Helen K DaPron who passed away in Arizona. The date of birth matched, but the day of death was exactly one month off, saying instead July 31st, 2010. 

Since there is no June 31st, we asked a Kansas mortuary and crematorium how this mistake could have been made. The owner explained to us that the ashes would have been split up into smaller bags by family. Therefore it would have been an easy mistake by a family member.

Eyewitness News has made multiple phone calls trying to track down family members of Helen K. DaPron, but have not had any luck finding the owner of the lost bag.


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