Coroner’s office searching for family of man whose cremains were found in Modesto

03/06/2014 5:33 PM

03/06/2014 6:47 PM

The Stanislaus County coroner’s office is looking for the family of a man whose cremains were left in a south Modesto storage facility.

William Vasquez Rodriguez, 57, died in 1993 and was cremated at Chapel of the Chimes in Hayward.

It’s the same place Rose Lyons, 70, was cremated. She died more than 100 years ago and her cremains wound up in the same south Modesto storage unit in which Rodriguez’s cremains were found, though there’s no relation, said deputy coroner Tom Killian.

Their two urns were picked up from the storage facility by the coroner’s office in December when the owners called to report they’d been left behind by the previous owners.

After a story ran in The Modesto Bee about Killian’s quest to find Lyons’ family, he found – with the help of a gerontologist – her great-great-grandson living in Ceres.

That great-great-grandson and his siblings found a final resting place for Lyons at Turlock Memorial Park and had her cremains interred last month.

While Rodriguez passed away much more recently, his family has proved more difficult to locate.

Killian said he specifically is looking for Rodriguez’s daughter, Judy Rodriguez, whose last known address at the time of her father’s death was in Tracy.

Any family member is asked to contact the coroner’s office at (209) 567-4544.

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