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Unclaimed remains will receive final resting place

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Yakima, WASH.--The unclaimed remains of more than 86 people will soon have a final resting place.

The Yakima County Coroner, Jack Hawkins, said the cremated remains sit in cardboard boxes stacked in his office.

Some have been there for decades, but in the next couple of weeks, they'll be moved to a large grave in the Tahoma Cemetery.

Hawkins said this is all about honoring the dead.

"This to me is a lot more respectful, and people may not want to actually take the remains but they may know this person," said Hawkins. "It'll give them a place to go so they can pay respects to them too."

Shaw and Sons Funeral Directors are paying for the grave, and the City Of Yakima is covering the rest of the costs.

Hawkins said if a deceased person has not been claimed for one to two years, their ashes will be buried.

At the same time, if someone comes forward, the coroner's office can retrieve remains.