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Authorities: Jogger finds box of cremains stolen from home

Daniel Evanson

GRUNDY COUNTY, Iowa (KWWL) - The cremains of an Iowa man were found and are being returned to his family after they were stolen two weeks ago.

According to his family, 65-year-old Daniel Evanson, of Dike, passed away February 6. His home was broken into sometime between the night of Friday, the 14th to early Saturday, the 15th. Among the items taken, Evanson's cremains in a wooden box.

According to Evanson's niece, Heather Voelker, the cremains were found in the Cedar Falls area.

Dawn Brown, who originally posted on Facebook about the burglary, reached out to our news partner KWWL with the following message:

"A jogger found it in Cedar Falls, near the intersection of Grand Avenue and Park Drive. We can't thank you enough, your story on the news brought him home to us!!" She continued, "Without everyone's help, I know we would still be searching and praying."

Voelker says Evanson's cremains will be in the hands of his daughter within 24-hours.

The Grundy County Sheriff's Office gave this news release:

The wooden urn containing the remains of a Grundy County burglary victim was located in Cedar Falls this morning. The Public reported seeing the urn near the intersection of Grand Blvd and Park Drive. Cedar Falls Police retrieved the urn and turned it over to Grundy County for processing.

The Grundy County Sheriff’s Office investigated a burglary on Saturday February 15, 2020 in northeastern Grundy County and the urn was one of several items reported stolen.

Law enforcement is asking anyone that may have seen anything or may have had video in that area to contact Grundy County Sheriff’s Office at (319) 824-6933 or email

Grundy County Sheriff's Office

KTIV Staff

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