Human Cremated Remains Found in Effingham County - Local news, weather, sports Savannah | WSAV On Your Side

Human Cremated Remains Found in Effingham County

EFFINGHAM COUNTY -

Two Effingham men found something unexpected last week when they were digging around in their back yard---Now the Effingham Sheriff's Office is hoping someone comes forward with some answers.

Two black boxes were found, filled with cremated remains and they are believed to be human.

It's become a puzzling case for the Effingham County Sheriff's Office.

It all happened out in Bloomingdale off community Drive when the men were digging for fishing bait. They ended up catching a lot more than they bargained for.

They found two black boxes, filled with human ashes. They were buried a foot deep with care, probably by a family member, according to the Sheriff's Office.

The problem, though-- in the past decade, more than 20 different people have lived at that home because it is a rental property. Investigators are having a hard time tracking down some of those past tenants.

Investigator Robert McQuaig says they are hoping to find someone with any information so these remains can be given a proper burial.

"There is supposed to be a metal tag inside, attached to the box or in with the remains themselves. We have checked on the inside of the box and inside the bag with the remains themselves, and there are no type of identification tags whatsoever."

It's believed that one of the boxes contain the remains of a man-- and in the other-- either a small woman or child. The box manufacturer distributes hundreds of thousands of containers all over the country-- but investigators do have a lead and maybe even a time frame.

"The unfortunate thing about it, with the label being mostly deteriorated, it's hard to tell. We have little bits and pieces of information off of it. One of them is a date; it's October 20-something, somewhere between 2000 and 2011. Some of the numerics are gone. We do have the first 20 for the year that was visible, but everything else is destroyed."

Again, the remains were found at 167 at Community Drive in Bloomingle, and it's believed they belong to a man and a small female or child from 2000 to 2011.

If you have any information, you are asked to call the Effingham County Sheriff's Office at 912-754-3449.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • The 10 cities with America’s worst drivers

    The 10 cities with America’s worst drivers

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 1:25 PM EDT2014-09-16 17:25:20 GMT
    Driving in cities on the East Coast doesn't sound too appealing, based on the latest edition of the Allstate America's Best Drivers Report. Of the 200 most populated cities in the country, 9 of the 10 places where it's least safe to drive are located in eastern states.
    Driving in cities on the East Coast doesn't sound too appealing, based on the latest edition of the Allstate America's Best Drivers Report. Of the 200 most populated cities in the country, 9 of the 10 places where it's least safe to drive are located in eastern states.
  • Florida Missing Child Alert: 15-year-old girl

    Florida Missing Child Alert: 15-year-old girl

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 4:23 PM EDT2014-09-16 20:23:50 GMT
    Lindsey Turner (left) could be with Hailey Vallier (right).Lindsey Turner (left) could be with Hailey Vallier (right).
    A Florida Missing Child Alert has been issued for Lindsey Turner, a white female, 15 years old, 5 feet 02 inches tall, 140 pounds, blonde hair, blue eyes, a smiley face scar on inner right wrist, last seen in the 1900 block of W 60th Street in Hialeah.
    A Florida Missing Child Alert has been issued for Lindsey Turner, a white female, 15 years old, 5 feet 02 inches tall, 140 pounds, blonde hair, blue eyes, a smiley face scar on inner right wrist, last seen in the 1900 block of W 60th Street in Hialeah.
  • Bear takes dip in back yard pool

    Bear takes dip in back yard pool

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 1:52 PM EDT2014-09-16 17:52:16 GMT
    NBC News imageNBC News image
    It's no secret that alligators sometimes make their way into pools here in Florida. But, in sunny California, bears have been known to venture into back yards to take a dip.
    It's no secret that alligators sometimes make their way into pools here in Florida. But, in sunny California, bears have been known to venture into back yards to take a dip.
Powered by WorldNow

1430 East Victory Drive
Savannah, GA 31404

Telephone: 912.651.0300
Fax: 912.651.0320
Email: newsemailalert@wsav.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.