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Washington, DC widow Cherise Wells pleads for help locating husband’s ashes on street car

A Washington, DC woman is asking for help after accidentally leaving a bag containing her husband’s ashes on a streetcar on Wednesday.

Cherise Wells contacted a local Washington DC television station in an effort to raise awareness of the lost bag, which also contained some important documents and memories.

“Inside the bag were her late husband’s veterans certificate, death certificate, marriage license and other important documents. Also inside the bag was an urn containing his ashes,” Wells said. Email from FOX 5.

The district’s transportation department also issued a rescue appeal on social media, describing the bag left on the tram as a medium-sized camouflage drawstring bag.

“It feels stupid. I thought it was on my shoulder but it wasn’t. I feel like a part of me is gone,” she told Fox 5 after leaving it near 8th Street in Northwest DC.


A Washington, D.C., widow left a drawstring bag containing her husband’s ashes on a D.C. streetcar on Wednesday. The Washington Post via Getty Images

The district transport authority issued a mass appeal for help on social media, explaining that the bag left on the tram was a medium-sized camouflage drawstring bag.
The district transport authority issued a mass appeal for help on social media, explaining that the bag left on the tram was a medium-sized camouflage drawstring bag. X/ @DDOTDC

“If anyone finds it, please return it.”

The tram runs every day and is free to use.

Riders who find or retrieve the bag can call the Transportation Department at 202-809-5618.

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