A $2,500 brass urn taken from a Parksville cemetery was turned into police Friday after The NEWS reported it missing.
“The Oceanside RCMP recovered the missing dolphin urn after receiving a call from someone that knew of the urn’s location,” states a news release issued by police.
“After reading the article in the newspaper, the caller realized the origin of the urn and the fact that it was a memorial piece. They immediately called the Oceanside RCMP in order to return it.”
According to the news release, “no evidence exists to support any charges or further investigation.”
Police said the family was “ecstatic” to hear the urn was in the possession of the RCMP and would soon be returned.
On July 20 a brass urn decorated with three dolphins was pried out of its concrete housing underneath a memorial bench on the grounds of Yates Funeral Service. Police confirmed the urn was empty.
Yates Funeral Service owner Barry Tuck told The NEWS he was happy to hear about the urn’s recovery Friday.
“It’s a rarity for something like that to happen in our cemetery,” said Tuck.
“It’s a place that’s well respected in this community.”