Fresno Sheriff’s Office seeking relatives of unclaimed remains before burial


The Fresno County Sheriff’s Office is asking people to come forward to claim the remains of hundreds of people. 

For about a decade now the coroner’s office has been collecting the ashes of people who have died. 

Most have been identified, but have not been claimed. 

“This is where we house all of our cremains that we have been working on,” says Kimberly Lopez from the Fresno County Coroner’s Office. 

The ashes of hundreds of people are stored in a room at the coroner’s office. 

“For this mass burial, we started out with 840 and now we are down to 800 for ones that are still remaining waiting to be picked up,” she says. 

Each is tagged with a number and most have names on the side. 

Come late next week this room will be empty.

“On Thursday the 13th we are going to have a mass burial for our abandoned and indigent cremains,” says Tony Botti from the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office.  

Tony Botti says over the last nine years these remains were never claimed, he says the sheriff’s office paid for the cremation. 

Botti says these have not been claimed for a number of reasons including some whose family simply couldn’t afford a burial. 

“We basically put out an offering to the public along with a name list if you recognize somebody on this list and you would like to take possession of their cremains contact our office here.”

The ones that are not claimed will come here to a dirt cemetery near Belmont and Hughes in Fresno to be buried. 

“We are hoping the vast majority gets claimed so they can get laid to rest whether it be a personal burial or on somebody’s mantle that loved them,” says Lopez. 

The sheriff’s office is asking people to claim their loved ones by Tuesday the 13th. 

Click here for a link to the names. 

If you would like to claim the ashes of someone on the list you are urged to contact the coroner’s office at 600-3400 or through email at

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