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Cremated remains found in Saginaw home slated to be demolished

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(01/30/14) - A box in Saginaw has construction crews perplexed. They were slated to demolish an abandoned home, as part of federal program to fight blight, when they found it.

Now they're hoping you can help them solve the mystery.

Before homes are demolished, an environmental company goes through the house to make sure there are no environmental problems inside. There were no environmental problems in one home, but they found something they are not exactly sure who it should go to.

"It's a fairly routine thing," said Tim Novak, Saginaw County treasurer.

That routine thing of going through a home, making sure it is safe to demolish, from an environmental standpoint. An environmental company was going through a home last week, 113 North Eleventh on the city's northeast side, when they found a box.

"You don't expect to find that, and I know the guys that found it were kind of shocked," Novak said.

Inside are the cremated remains of Rudolph Johnson.

"Rudolph Johnson and he was deceased in December in 1995," Novak said.

Johnson died at the age of 67 in California, and Novak believes his remains were then mailed to this home, 113 North Eleventh. That's where Johnson's sister, Irma Dennis, lived. She moved out of the home in 2011. The Saginaw County Land Bank has owned the home since 2012.

Novak says he believes Dennis lives in the Saginaw area, but she has not been located. Novak says it's a credit to the work crews who found the box to remove it from the home.

"Nobody would have known, they could have got rid of it, it's in an old abandoned house that was going to be demolished, nobody would have ever known, but the people who found realized the right thing to do was to find out who this belongs to," Novak said.

If you know Johnson and would like to claim Johnson's remains, you are asked to call the Saginaw County Treasurer's office.

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