Medical examiner's office sets August deadline to claim remains

The friends and family members of 37 individuals who died in Pierce County have one last opportunity to reclaim their remains.

The Pierce County Medical Examiner plans to scatter unclaimed ashes on the waters of Puget Sound in August. Ashes being scattered are from individuals who died between 1998 and 2015.

The Medical Examiner’s office will board a Pierce County Sherriff’s boat to respectfully scatter remains that have gone unclaimed. “Everything possible is done to find the next of kin or friends of the deceased,” said Dr. Thomas Clark, Medical Examiner. He added that family members or friends are not always interested in claiming remains.

The practice of scattering ashes by the Medical Examiner started in 2014 due to limited resources and an inability to store records indefinitely.

Contact the Pierce County Medical Examiner’s office at (253) 798-6494 prior to Aug. 1, 2016, to claim remains.  For additional information, visit the National Unclaimed Persons database or the Pierce County Medical Examiner’s office online.


Aichele, Steven Michael (case #13-0587) – Age 46, Died April 13, 2013 in Lakewood

Baker, Brandy Lynn (case #15-0209)—Age 53, Died Jan. 26, 2015 in Tacoma

Barnett, Audrey D. (case #14-1934)—Age 71, Died Dec. 21, 2014 in Tacoma

Bateman, Roger D. (case #15-0728)—Age 73, Died Apr. 26, 2015 in Lakewood

Boyce, Shawn E. (case #15-1201)—Age 48, Died July 22, 2015 in University Place

Cemelich, Robert J. (case #15-0790)—Age 73, Died May 7, 2015 in Tacoma

Coulter, John L. (case #15-0198)—Age 72, Died Jan. 29, 2015

Dowaschinski, Joseph B. (case #14-1591)—Age 67, Died Oct. 21, 2014 in Tacoma

Duff, Linda Jo (case #14-1396)—Age 46, Died July 30, 2014 in Fife

Feely, Wesley R. (case #15-0146) – Age 76, Died July 22, 1998, found cremated remains

Ferneau, Jack Davis (case #15-0860)—Age 70, Died May 10, 2015 in South Prairie

Fuglestad, Sherry Lynn (case #14-2014)—Age 55, Died Dec. 31, 2014 in Tacoma

Gibson, Daisy Mae (case #15-0340)—Age 61, Died Feb. 21, 2015 in Tacoma

Green, Toney Quinn (case #15-1070)—Age 59, Died June 26, 2015 in Lakewood

Hamilton, Jeremie (case #14-1121)—Age 33, Died July 15, 2014 in Tacoma

Hammett, Elsie June (case #15-0658)—Age 82, Died Apr. 13, 2015 in Puyallup

Hanson, Trudy H. (case #14-1475)—Age 74, Died Sept. 29, 2014 in Tacoma

Hoffner, Leo Edward (case #14-1564)—Age 87, Died Sept. 30, 2014 in Tacoma

Holm, Arnold Len (case #14-1708)—Age 79, Died Nov. 13, 2014 in Tacoma

Hornaday, Kenneth Dewayne (case #14-1780)—Age 58, Died Nov. 25, 2014 in Puyallup

Johnson, Nelda Jo (case #15-0813)—Age 69, Died May 10, 2015 in Tacoma

Lee, Lissa Kay (case #15-0468)—Age 58, Died Mar. 13, 2015 in Lakewood

Linbeck, Patrick J. (case #15-0767)—Age 65, Died May 1, 2015 in Puyallup

Locklin, Clifford W. (case #15-0123)—Age 79, Died Jan. 19, 2015 in Lakewood

Lupien, Daryl Rand (case #15-0553)—Age 60, Died Mar. 26, 2015 in Tacoma

Martonfi, Joseph Frank (case #15-0971)—Age 66, Died June 4, 2015 in Tacoma

Morris, Thomas McDonald (case #14-1412)—Age 70, Died Sept. 12, 2014 in Lakewood

Morrison, Rick Lynn (case #15-0670)—Age 56, Died Apr. 14, 2015 in Puyallup

Ocon, Catherine (case #15-0857)—Age 59, Died May 17, 2015 in Tacoma

Parker, William F. (case #15-1014)—Age 48, Died June 18, 2015 in Tacoma

Peterson, Carl Lee (case #15-0783)—Age 64, Died May 5, 2015 in Tacoma

Ross, Martin (Marty) K. (case #15-0480)—Age 59, Died Mar. 12, 2015 in Tacoma

Swanson, James A. (case #14-1809)—Age 64, Died Dec. 2, 2014 in Tacoma

Thompson, Doris (case #14-1764)—Age 69, Died Nov. 23, 2014 in Lakewood

White, Diana (case #14-1479)—Age 71, Died Sept. 30, 2014 in Tacoma

Wohlmacher, Gregory Lynn (case #15-0203)—Age 61, Died Feb. 1, 2015 in Tacoma

Wolf, Donna Jean (case #14-1179)—Age 54, Died July 20, 2014 in Tacoma