Woman finds ashes in storage unit, returns urn to family

Posted at 3:51 PM, Apr 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-30 18:07:54-04

SHAWNEE, Okla. -- An incredibly odd discovery in a storage unit left one Green Country woman speechless; an urn full of human ashes left behind in a unit purchased in Eufaula with no trace of the family it belonged to.

That’s when 2 Works for You got involved, and was able to help reunite the urn with loved ones.

It’s a day Kryston Vinson never thought would come. 

“It feels wonderful,” she said. “Lives matter.”

After finding an urn in a storage unit she purchased several weeks ago, Vinson set out to find who the remains belonged to. 

“We’ve hit many road blocks but luckily channel 2 Works for You came and helped us, and that kind of spurred on other entities,” Vinson said,

After several phone calls and help from the McIntosh County Sheriff’s Office, the journey has come full circle. 

Vinson had envisioned the life of the person inside the urn. She believed it was someone who loved biscotti, even giving them the nickname “Granny B.” After all, the ornate vase was a Biscotti jar.

“I still in my mind see a little granny sipping her cookie, her biscotti in her coffee,” Vinson said.

But today, she’s OK with knowing her vision was totally off. 

“He didn't even love biscotti,” Vinson laughed.

Michael Bryant, said inside the urn is his father, Ronnie Bryant, a man he never imagined leaving in a storage unit. But hard times gave him no choice. 

“We were homeless for three months and lost the storage unit,” Michael said.

Bryant’s family could no longer afford rent for the storage unit and had to forfeit everything inside, including the urn. But now, thanks to a kind stranger, Michael said he can breathe a sigh of relief. 

“This is everything, this is my dad,” Michael said. “I was real close to him before he passed away. I named my son after him.”

A loved one, now reunited with family.

“Thank you, thank you so much we really appreciate it, my whole family does,” Michael said.

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