By Michael Schwanke
WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH/CNN) - It took a lot of leg-work, but the remains of a Kansas woman are back with her family. The ashes of Helen Dapron were left behind in a liquor store. The owner of the establishment eventually found the owner.
Kathleen Leonard didn't know they were missing until she turned on the news.
"I saw it on the news last night at nine o'clock," said Leonard.
Reporter: "What did you think?"
"I was mortified," she said.
Her mom's ashes, left on the counter of a downtown Wichita liquor store.
"I gave my kids each a baggy things of ashes. I'm having a plaque made," said Leonard.
Store owner Charlie Nguyen did all he could to find the family.
"I couldn't figure out how to give it back to you," he said.
He posted flyers, when that didn't work he posted an ad on craigslist, and talked to the media. His efforts worked, and Kathleen has the ashes back and the memory of her mom, Helen Dapron, is safe again. All thanks to a store owner who didn't give up.
Leonard said her son was the one who left the ashes at the store.