A Myrtle Beach resident was unlucky enough to stumble upon an urn with human remains. It is not a common occurrence here.
Myrtle Beach Police found the remains and handed them to Robert Edge, the Horry County Coroner. According toABC 15.
“Maybe somebody wanted to bury this at sea and they went out and dropped it off and if there was an air pocket in it it caused it to float back in,”ABC 15 reports Edge
This is not an unusual occurrence. Edge said his office receives five to six urns a year that people find after they’ve washed up on shore, reported WBTW.
“They just think they are placing their loved ones where they think they would like to be for the rest of eternity and I guess it’s a psychological thing,”According to WBTW Edge,
Unfortunately for those found washed up, there’s no scientific way to identify the remains within the urns.
According to Edge, most funeral homes put a tag inside the urn which holds information about whose remains it is, but for the washed-up urns, no such tag were found, reportedThe AP.
Edge hopes that the remains discovered on the beach will soon be claimed. However, if it is not, the coroner’s offices will place them in a mass burial once they are out of space.