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Crematorium urn turns up at bottle depot

August 17, 2016 9:10 A.M.


Employees at the Columbia Bottle Depot in Kelowna had a bit of a surprise Tuesday after someone dropped off a full urn at the bottle return station.

A box full of electronics was brought in for recycling by someone in the morning. Among the electronics was an urn, full of ashes.

C.J. Taylor, a supervisor at the Kirschner Road facility, said they contacted the Vernon crematorium where the urn was from, and learned the remains are of Ruth Elizabeth Hartnett.

Hartnett was 78 years old when she passed away in 1987. The crematorium attempted to contact Hartnett's daughter, who lived in Kamloops back in 1987, but the number has since been disconnected.

While Taylor says the person who brought the box in would have had to drop the box off in person, the depot gets so busy that no one noticed who dropped it off.

Taylor says after talking to the employee at the crematorium, they are at a loss for what to do.

“He said he's been working there for about 15 years and he has never heard of or seen a situation like this,” Taylor said.

“I have no idea, you can't just throw it in the garbage, you can't dump it down the toilet, you have to do something.”

Taylor hopes that by getting Hartnett's name out to the public, someone related to her may notice and pickup the remains.

Craig Richardson says:
August 17, 2016 11:16am

Ohhh that's bad karma!! Poor Elizabeth :-(


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