Mystery of abandoned human ashes with flag baffles police

A south Alabama police chief says he has a few leads but still no answers to explain how a box of human ashes was abandoned, along with a neatly folded, framed American flag, beside a highway near the Florida line.

A power line crew found the small pine box with a rusted lock in grass along the road about four weeks ago. News of the find was published last week.

Florala Police Chief Sonny Bedsole said Tuesday he's had inquiries from at least four people, including a Tennessee man who said his father's remains and a flag were stolen from his truck a few months ago.

Bedsole said he's emailed photos of the box and flag — folded military-style — to those who inquired and is waiting to hear back.