Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

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October 11, 2012

Urn found at Buffalo Wings and Rings

Greensburg — Buffalo Wings and Rings manager Beth Scudder is used to finding discarded items in her restaurant.

It’s not unusual for employees to come across lost gloves, hats, eyeglasses and the like left by patrons of the popular restaurant the night before, she said.

But what Scudder found Saturday morning is anything but ordinary.

In a situation that might be more at home in the pages of Ripley’s Believe it or Not, a small urn was brought to the manager by a customer last weekend, one that appears to contain remains of some sort.

Scudder contacted the Greensburg Police Department and filed a report for the urn, and now she’s hoping the patron who lost the valuable item will soon come forward to claim it.

The small jar stands about three inches tall and appears to be made of silver. It’s covered in unique etchings and contains whitish ashes and what appear to be tiny pieces of bone within.

Intrigued by her discovery, Scudder turned to the internet to research her unusual find and discovered the type of receptacle she found is often used to house the cremated remains of human infants. Occasionally, she said, an adult may also choose to have his or her ashes divided among several relatives, leading to the necessity of depositing the remains into multiple urns. It is also possible, she discovered, that the urn contains the ashes of an animal.

No matter what lay inside, Beth Scudder hopes the treasured item will be returned to its rightful owner soon.

In the meantime, she’s developed a sort of closeness to her bizarre find and is holding onto the urn for safekeeping. Scudder believes the urn holds a very special meaning for someone, and she is looking forward to reuniting it with the Wings and Rings customer who unwittingly left it behind.

Found alongside the urn was a lipstick tube and some broken earrings.

Scudder has also notified Indianapolis television news networks who have taken an interest in the find. Both WISH TV Channel 8 and WTHR Channel 13 are planning to air stories centered on Scudder’s discovery, according to the Wings and Rings manager.

All the attention associated with the possibility of discovering human remains in a restaurant, however, is not the goal for Beth Scudder, who stated her belief the owner may be someone who was simply passing through the Tree City last weekend.

“We’re located right next to the Holiday Inn (Express),” said Scudder of her restaurant. “The owner could be from anywhere.”

Filled nearly to the brim with ashes, the urn weighs about a pound and may be of significant monetary value.

As a result, those wishing to claim the urn should contact the Greensburg Police Department, according to Greensburg Chief of Police Stacey Chasteen.

Scudder said those with information may also contact her by phone at 812-662-4333.

Contact: Brent Brown 812-663-3111 x7056

 

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