Man finds urn along Lake Lanier shore, searches for family

- A Hall County couple hopes someone will be able to help them solve a mystery more than a decade in the making.

Roy Spillers was walking along the shore at Lake Lanier Saturday when he discovered a burgundy bag lying in the dirt.

"Curiosity had the best of me and I kind of kicked it with my foot, being a little careful at first to just make sure that nothing was [going to] jump out of there," Spillers recalled.  "So, I pulled it out of the bag and this is what I found--Miguel [Sandoval] sitting on the banks of Lake Lanier."

Inside the bag was an urn with the name "Miguel Sandoval" inscribed on it.  The dates "December 3, 1973" and "October 5, 2005" were also written on the outside.

Spillers decided to take the urn home because he did not think it deserved to be left behind amongst tree branches and trash.

"I don't know that his family really wanted him to end up here where I found him.  If that's what they want, fine, but I'm not sure that that's what they really wanted.  And so, I took Miguel out of that situation and hopefully make it better for him," explained Spillers. 

Spillers's wife, Millie, posted photos of the urn on her Facebook page.  She hopes someone who knew Sandoval will reach out so they can return the urn.

"It's sacred.  This was a human being that lived on this earth that had loved ones," said Millie Spilelrs.  "This is something that is very personal, very sacred and it should be taken very seriously."

An online search revealed Sandoval was from Cleveland, OH. 

The Spillers ask anyone with information to contact them through Millie's Facebook page. 

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