NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — Return to sender!
A Brooklyn musician was stunned when he received a box in the mail on Tuesday, shipped to the "current resident," that contained a stranger’s ashes.
"There were the cremated remains of a man from Oct. 17, 2017, inside," Hamilton Leithauser, the frontman of the band The Walkmen, told 1010 WINS on Thursday.
After his initial shock, worry set in.
"I was a little nervous that a crime had been committed or that I wasn't supposed to have this thing," the 44-year-old singer said. "It definitely felt like I wasn't supposed to have this thing."
He called John's Funeral Home, where they initially wouldn't take the ashes back, but after some publicity, someone showed up to reclaim them on Wednesday.
Leithauser started to have second thoughts about giving them back after the mishandling.
"I was like, 'OK, I guess actually,' and she was like, 'Yeah, we're talking about a human body,'" he continued. "I was like, 'Yeah, you mailed it to me.'"
The funeral home told 1010 WINS that they were delivered to Leithauser, the address on file, after no one picked up the remains for four years.
They're now trying to find a relative.