CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas -- A South Texas man has learned the fate of an urn with the remains of his dearly departed loved one.

Corpus Christi police say the ashes are from the man's dog.

Lt. Lauren White says the man's car was burglarized in 2007 and he contacted police, but the trail went cold.

A chaplain at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi later found the urn and its contents on campus, along with a note from the anonymous burglar expressing remorse. The urn was turned over to a funeral home.

Police thought the remains were human and asked the public last week for help in locating the owner.

The Corpus Christi Caller-Times reported Tuesday that the dog's owner, whose name wasn't immediately released, read a news story about the urn and contacted police.