Cremated remains claimed at Wichita liquor store

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WICHITA, Kansas – A Wichita businessman returned a small bag of cremated remains labeled “grandma”.

Kathy Leonard came by Charlie’s Liquor and Smoke Shop Thursday to claim her mother’s remains.

They had been left at the shop two weeks ago.

Since then, owner Charlie Nguyen had posted an ad on Craigslist hoping someone would claim them.

Nguyen was overwhelmed with emotion upon being able to return the remains to their rightful owner.

“When I see her emotion, the tear drop on her eyes, I just, I don’t know what to say,” said Nguyen.

Leonard says she plans to put the remains with the rest of her mothers ashes and keep them in a safe place so they don’t get lost again.

“Most people probably would just toss it. He’s a good guy,” said Leonard.


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WICHITA, Kansas – A Wichita businessman is trying to find the owner of a small bag of cremated remains labeled “Grandma.”

Charlie Nguyen, the owner of Charlie’s Liquor and Smoke Shop on East Central, found the ashes.

“Just like that, people leave phone, keys, stuff like that all the time, but I’ve never seen anything like this.”

Nguyen reviewed security tapes but couldn’t identify the customer.

The plastic bag holds a small amount of ashes and a piece of paper that reads “Remains of Helen K. Dapron,” with “Grandma” in parentheses. It also gives apparent dates of birth and death, in October 1930 and June 2010.

“I tried to post it on the door, tried to return it to someone, but nobody came forward to claim this bag.”

When that did not bring up any leads, Nguyen took to Craigslist posting about the find.

“My main thing is I need to return it to somebody. This is very important to someone. This is someone’s grandma.”

Nguyen says he is committed to doing everything in his power to find the owner.

“I feel this is very important to me. If it was my relative, I would do whatever it takes to get it back, because this is priceless.”

KSN has been trying to help Nguyen with his search for the ashes owners and there’s only one record of a Helen K. Dapron in the US that matches up.

She lived in a suburb of Phoenix, Arizona until her passing in 2010.



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