Colorado man works to reunite family with urn of baby girl that was found


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LONGMONT, Colo. — A Colorado man is searching for the family who lost an urn that contains the ashes of a baby girl, and it’s a mission he doesn’t take lightly.

As someone who works in the oil industry, Matt Morris said you travel a lot of roads and don’t always know where they lead.

“It’s always in the back of your mind,” Morris said. “Some of the things that you’ll stumble across.”

Morris said a contractor working for his company was working east of Longmont near the intersection of Weld County Road 11 and Highway 66 when he stumbled across something small.

“He backed up by a ditch and noticed a little glare,” Morris said. “It was an urn with a little girl on it, a little angel.”

It also had a name on it, “Jamesha Janaya Swain” along with the date, “May 18th, 1997.”

“I know it was a baby, probably a stillborn because there was only one date on it,” Morris said.

The urn also had information on the bottom, showing it came from Oak View Memorial Cemetery and Crematorium in California, but when Morris called, he didn’t get very far.

“They don’t really keep things past 10 years,” he said. “The one person that the lady had found that could have potentially been a family member was already deceased.”

Even though Morris didn’t personally find the urn, there is a big reason why he made it his personal mission to find the owners.

“She would have been 12 on the 26th of this month,” Morris said, holding an urn of his own.

He knows what it’s like to have a baby daughter he never got to meet.

“My wife was six months along and she winded up being a stillborn,” Morris said.

It’s a road he doesn’t like to revisit.

“It’s definitely something that you have to live with and just learn to work with, but you never forget about it,” Morris said.

His mission now is to make sure another baby girl is never forgotten.

“Even though she’s not alive, she’s still somebody’s kid so you still want that part,” Morris said. “You still want her to be with you.”

Morris is a proud dad of three boys, but he still couldn’t imagine losing his girl.

“It would drive me crazy,” he said. “I wouldn’t stop looking (for the urn).”

The Weld County Sheriff’s Office is holding the urn and investigating the case, but Morris also vows to keep searching for its road back home.

“It doesn’t belong in a sheriff`s department,” Morris said. “It belongs in somebody’s home. That’s what I’m hoping for, is to find the family.”

Anyone with information should contact the Weld County Sheriff’s Office or email the FOX31 Denver Problem Solvers.

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