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Last Seen

43 EpisodesProduced by WBURWebsite

From the fallout of a tragic homicide in Boston’s Haitian community, to the search for a real life Willy Wonka in Cambridge, WBUR’s 'Last Seen' podcast is back with a third season of all new mysteries from public radio storytellers about surprising people, places and things that have all gone ... mi… read more


Episode 7: A Most Unusual Houseguest

When artist Alison Byrnes opened a package she had mailed to herself two years earlier, she was expecting to find a sealed box of her prints - but that's not what was inside.

The United States Postal Service had made a rather serious mistake. Instead of artist prints, USPS delivered a little blue urn -- containing the ashes of a total stranger. 

Attempts at finding the family of the deceased failed, and the cremated remains of Jennings L. Heffelfinger sat abandoned and forgotten, year after year.

That is, until 2019, when intrepid reporter Sophie Bearman took over the case. Determined to solve the mystery, Bearman embarks on a personal and professional journey to get the urn back where it belongs. But how much help is too much? Amid a pandemic that forces us to ponder mortality incessantly, Episode 7 offers a refreshing and unexpected take on life and loss.

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