Search on for who left cremated remains at Alaska airport

Police are trying to reunite cremated remains left at Alaska's largest airport with the traveler who left them behind.

Someone traveling through the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport last August left a Ziploc bag with human ashes at a security checkpoint, the Anchorage Daily News reported Wednesday.

The ashes were sitting in lost-and-found for more than six months before police were notified, Airport Police and Fire Sgt. Dan Juarez said. The ashes have since been placed in the department's evidence unit.

The bag of ashes does not contain any identifying information.

"This is the first time we've had to deal with this," Juarez said. "It is unusual."

Airport police posted about the missing ashes on Facebook on Tuesday, hoping word would spread and the traveler might see the post.

"I want people to share it as much as possible and hopefully it will jog some family member out there to check the urn," Juarez said.

If the remains are not claimed in the next few weeks, they will be stored at a cremation center.

Juarez said it's possible the traveler might not know the remains are missing if they have not opened the urn since traveling with it.

The traveler likely took out the remains to pass through security, Juarez said.

Transportation Security Administration agents are not allowed to remove remains from containers, according to the agency.


Information from: Anchorage Daily News,