Missing urn with remains found on side of the road returned to granddaughter

Better Call Behnken

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Two women now have closure after an unusual situation with a missing urn.

Michelle Doan turned to Better Call Behnken after she found a beautiful urn sitting along Busch Boulevard in Tampa.

It was right across the street from a pawn shop, leading her to believe that someone had possibly stolen it and tried to pawn it. 

“I just couldn’t leave it there,” Doan said. “I wouldn’t want to be left like that.”

So she brought it home and posted the story on Facebook and tried to find the family.

“Every number I called, I didn’t get anywhere,” Doan said. 

This was in September. Five months later, she reached out to Better Call Behnken for help. 

Inside the urn is an identification number and name and date of death. The deceased is Patsy Jane Messenger, and she died Feb. 24, 2010.

It took two days for us to find family members because the phone numbers left at the funeral home in 2010 have changed.

Then we got lucky and found Drew Levine. She is Patsy’s granddaughter and had kept the urn with the ashes inside all these years. She says it was stolen in September and she has been devestated about it. 

“We were really close so you can only imagine what it was like to lose her twice,” Levine said. 

We organized a reunion. 

Levine brought Doan flowers, and Doan handed over the urn. 

“I was just praying that I would get it back, and I didn’t think it would actually happen, but it shows that miracles happen,” Levine said. 

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