August 4, 2009

Birthday gift found to contain ‘ashes’

An Ohio woman said a keepsake box she bought as a birthday present for her daughter turned out to contain what appears to be cremated remains.

Jan Stansberry of Tallmadge said she bought the wooden Willow Tree Keepsake Box, which bears an image of a mother and daughter carved into the lid, at Carlton Cards as a 33rd birthday present for her daughter, Erin Lemasters, the Akron (Ohio) Beacon Journal reported Tuesday.

I just brought it home and put it in a gift bag, Stansberry said.

However, she said Lemasters opened the gift at her birthday party and discovered a plastic baggy containing what appears to be cremated ashes inside the wooden box.

You can see there are shards of bones and everything, Erin Lemasters said.

The women said they are investigating the origins of the ashes. They said a message written in ink on the box's cardboard package, Jen 8 oz, might be a clue.

I wish this didn't happen, but I want to make sure it gets back to the person it belongs to. Maybe I got this for a reason, Stansberry said.