Daughter’s small gift to mother contains mystery of a lifetime

LAKEWOOD  —  It was a thoughtful gift from her daughter. But mother Tanya quickly discovered the gift likely means so much more to someone else.

“I thought it was a nice little piece unique,” Tia Williams, the daughter, told Q13 News. “I thought it was a charm or a bracelet or something.”

Tia says she bought the charm while working at the Tacoma Goodwill.

“It happens all the time, people just accidentally donate something that shouldn`t have been donated,” says Tia.

But when Tia's mother Tanya received the gift, she knew the piece was meant to be opened. Tanya opened the charm using an Allen wrench.

“It’s a wearable urn," Tanya said.  "It was like a powdery, ash residue. White flakes, little tiny little fragments, I have my Mom’s ashes in my house so I know what ashes look like,."

She knows it`s a long shot, but now she’s determined to find the rightful owner.

“This is someone`s body, this is their memory,” says Tanya.

Until she finds the owner, this keepsake stays with Tanya for safe keeping.

“I`m going to put it inside the urn with my mom`s ashes and they can twiddle off to heaven together," Tanya says. "She can cook him something good. She`s feeding him good and fattening him up.”

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