Coroner's office requesting helping with unclaimed 'cremains'

Coroner's office requesting helping with unclaimed 'cremains'

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

The Kane County Coroner's office wants to make sure that the unclaimed cremated remains in his office find a final resting place.

Kane County Coroner Rob Russell says there are a total of 47 unclaimed 'cremains' in the office's storage unit, dating back to 1952.

"We know who these people are, we are just trying to reunite them with their families," Russell said.

Russell says the cremains, which include infants, are not always wanted by the families. In those cases, Russell says it is his job to make sure that the deceased have a final resting place.

"These people deserve respect and dignity, even after death," Russell said.

He is exploring the use of a pauper's cemetery in Kane County that hasn't been used since the 1950's.

One of the remains, in a Gold Medal Flour Tin, was 'donated' to the Goodwill Store in South Elgin, IL.

Relatives of the deceased will need to prove they are next of kin, and fill out paperwork.

Anyone with information on next of kin is asked to call the coroner's office at 630-232-3535.

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