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.