The Eureka Police Department recovered a duffle bag Sunday night containing an urn stolen from the Ocean View Cemetery, but the cremated remains are still missing, according to Sgt. Steve Watson.
"We'd very much like to identify the suspect and speak with him about what he did, but even more importantly, we'd like to find the possible location of the remains to give back to the family," Watson said.
The police were contacted around 7 p.m. Sunday by a man doing renovations on a house on the 2900 block of B Street, who said he found the bag in some bushes a few days earlier. According to Watson, the man was planning to call the cemetery to figure out where the urn belonged, then saw news reports about the theft and contacted the police.
According to an EPD press release, the urn was taken from the cemetery Tuesday afternoon by a white male in his 30s, who tucked it under a tan coat he was carrying.
"Taking the priceless remains of a family's loved one, desecrating their grave, and disposing of the loved one's remains with no consideration to the hurt it would cause the family, is a despicable, cowardly, inconsiderate act in my opinion," he said.
The Eureka Police Department asks anyone with information that could lead to the return of the remains to the family to call 441-4060.