An Omaha towing company told WOWT 6 News on Tuesday that workers made a shocking discovery inside an abandoned car on their lot: an urn, wrapped inside clothing in a suitcase. Now, employees of Auto 1 towing are trying to get the urn back to it’s owners.
Inside the urn were remains of a woman named Janet. The car in which the urn was found had been sitting on the lot since May 2, 2014. Employees of Auto 1 towing cannot legally go inside and collect belongings in cars until the car has been on the lot for 90 days, and the owner has not made contact.
Saturday the 90-day period for the car in which the urn was found was up, and the discovery was made.
The towing company used the name on the earn, as well as a car decal that said ‘In Loving Memory of Janet’ with her birth and death dates, to find an obituary.
After finding an obituary, employees tracked down family and used vehicle registration information to find addresses and phone numbers.
Employees said the car the urn was in would have likely been sold or destroyed, along with everything in it. They said that is the protocol for most vehicles, but after finding the urn, they made every effort to get it back to the family.
Auto 1 said they are not making the family pay the towing costs, because they just want the urn to be back safe at its home.