Woman finds urn washed up on Mukilteo beach

By Nicholas Johnson | Jul 05, 2017
This photo shows the urn that Dana Smith spotted washed up on the beach in Mukilteo on Sunday, June 25.

When Dana Smith spotted an ornate urn washed up on the beach in Mukilteo about a quarter mile south of the Lighthouse on Sunday, June 25, she knew exactly what it was.

“The lid was open and it was full of water and seaweed,” she said. “When I saw it, I instantly knew what it was.”

The question, though, is who does it belong to.

“I asked my husband what to do and he looked at me and shrugged his shoulders,” she said. “I decided to grab it and try and figure out what to do. I didn't want it to be disrespected or messed with.”

Smith took the urn home and began trying to figure out how to return it. A distinctive silver tag attached to the urn is adorned with letters and numbers reading “OFH 5558.”

“I was told the first letters correspond to a funeral home or crematorium, and the last numbers refer to the person,” she said. “I've called all the funeral homes around here that start with O.”

She said she also posted it on Facebook, which received loads of comments, but no leads. This week, she decided to hand it over to the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office, though she is still hoping to make contact with its rightful owner.

If you recognize the urn, contact Smith at danasmithrvt@gmail.com.

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