BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Gwynnda the Good Wheel of the West, a member of the city’s trash wheel family located at the mouth of the Gwynns Falls, on Tuesday collected an urn.

The popular Twitter account for Mr. Trash Wheel shared the discovery.

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Cy Kellett, director of operations for Clearwater Mills, the company that builds, maintains and operates all the trash wheels, said an employee found the urn. 

Kellett picked the urn up and shook it and thought there might be moist ashes inside.

Opening it didn’t feel right, and putting it in a dumpster bound for the BRESCO incinerator “seemed somewhat disrespectful,” he said.

“It’s worth being respectful,” Kellett said. “It’s most likely someone’s loved one and it should be handled with some degree of reverence.”

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It’s not clear if the urn was placed in the Gwynns Falls as part of someone’s final wishes or if the urn ended up in the water by mistake.

The photo shows decorative etchings on the side of the urn, but Kellett said there are no other markings or labels to indicate to whom the urn belongs or the company that made it.

Mr. Trash Wheel and Gwynnda the Good Wheel of the West are joined by Captain Trash Wheel at Masonville Cove near Brooklyn and Professor Trash Wheel at Harris Creek near Canton.

As a group the trash wheels have collected more than 1,760 tons of debris and prevented it from going into the Inner Harbor.

Kellett said he hopes the urn’s owner comes forward.

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“I hope that, if it is missing for someone, we find who it belongs to,” he said. “I hope that the situation can be handled in the most respectful way possible.”

CBS Baltimore Staff