Someone found one of those boxes Tuesday night and called the Christ Episcopal Church in Alameda. Alameda detectives said they have since verified the remains and notified the family. They were to return the box as soon as possible.
Hockabout's family said they don't think the thief knew what was inside the backpack.
Hockabout's widow said she planned a pilgrimage to several places around the world to scatter the remains. At least now she will be able to continue that effort.