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.