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Kane coroner disturbed by method of storing cremated remains

Kane coroner upset by how cremains are stored

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Kane County Coroner Rob Russell last week pointed out 47 packages and containers of cremated human remains stored in the same place as office supplies and holiday decorations. Russell is calling on county officials to find a proper final resting place for the ashes.

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The current storage space is the former home of the county's print shop. It shares a roof with the county's mail room and several car garages.

James Fuller | Staff Photographer

An old flour tin contains the remains of Russell E. Martin. It is one of three containers of ashes discovered together at the Goodwill store in South Elgin.

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The cremains are kept inside a building located across an access road from the coroner's office. Coroner Rob Russell would like to have all his staff and files in the same building.

James Fuller | Staff Photographer

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A visitor to the campus wouldn't know the building contains the remains of dead local residents. Signs don't indicate Building F is connected to the coroner's office.

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Kane County Coroner Rob Russell is calling on county board members to help him provide a proper final resting place to 47 cremated people whose ashes were never claimed by their families. Some of the cremains are more than 50 years old and currently sit on a shelf at his office.
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    • Kane County Coroner Rob Russell last week pointed out 47 packages and containers of cremated human remains stored in the same place as office supplies and holiday decorations. Russell is calling on county officials to find a proper final resting place for the ashes.
    • The current storage space is the former home of the countyís print shop. It shares a roof with the countyís mail room and several car garages.
    • An old flour tin contains the remains of Russell E. Martin. It is one of three containers of ashes discovered together at the Goodwill store in South Elgin.
    • The cremains are kept inside a building located across an access road from the coronerís office. Coroner Rob Russell would like to have all his staff and files in the same building.
    • A visitor to the campus wouldnít know the building contains the remains of dead local residents. Signs donít indicate Building F is connected to the coronerís office.
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