Letter with human ashes spurs Missouri city hall to evacuate


Image Courtesy: MGN

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) — Officials in a northwestern Missouri city say a letter filled with a white, granular substance that spurred an evacuation contained human ashes.

St. Joseph spokeswoman Mary Robertson said the city finance department evacuated Monday after a staffer opened the letter and saw a bag filled with a white substance inside. The envelope was addressed to the mayor and had been cut open and re-taped shut.

Robertson says once emergency officials were able to safely open the envelope, they found a letter explaining that it contained the ashes of a former resident who died last year and had wanted her ashes to be spread around City Hall.

Hazmat officials confirmed the substance was human ashes.

Robertson says she’s not sure if the ashes will be spread at City Hall.

Copyright 2020 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Local Sports

More Local Sports

National News

More National

World News

More World News

Donate Today Food Drive

Donating Today

Trending Stories

Washington DC Bureau

Washington DC Bureau

Newsfeed Now

More Newsfeed Now