This is kind of a morbid question, but I'm writing a story where a homeless teenager from Seattle winds up dead in Portland, Oregon. She is identified eventually, but she has no legal guardian, living relatives or close friends.
My question is: what would they do with the body? I figured that cremation would be the most likely, but where would the remains go? Would they be sent back to Seattle or would they just scatter them somewhere in Oregon? Are there places where you put the ashes of a person who had no written wishes for what should happen to their remains?
Secondly, what would they do with any possessions she had on her person at the time of death, such as money, jewelry, clothing, or trinkets of sentimental, but no monetary value? I have a part in the story where a couple of characters have to find something she was carrying with her when she died, but long after any of the ordinary mysteries surrounding her death and identity were cleared up.