Ashes found at Ocean Beach car wash belong to former USC football star, millionaire

Henry Lefebvre's ashes found at OB Suds car wash

SAN DIEGO - 10News has uncovered major developments Wednesday in the bizarre case of a box of human ashes left at an Ocean Beach car wash.

Henry Lefebrve was born in October 1900 and died in May 1995. In October 2012, his ashes were found abandoned at a car wash in Ocean Beach.

Since 10News broke the story, a family in Orange County has claimed the remains and told 10News a story that rivals that of "Forrest Gump."

Lefebrve's family says he was a star running back at USC in the 1920s. He not only played in the first football game at the Coliseum in Los Angeles, he scored the first touchdown.

He also scored a touchdown against Missouri in the 1924 Christmas Festival Bowl. It was USC's first bowl victory. They won the game 20-7 and many consider the triumph a pivotal moment for a program that is now considered one of the greatest in collegiate history.

During Lefebrve's days at USC, he became close friends with actor John Wayne. Lefebrve and "The Duke" were on the same Trojan team.

"They would go to the studios and get jobs during the summertime," said Lefebrve's nephew Gil Lefebvre, who now lives outside of Los Angeles.

Gil Lefebvre said that his uncle never pursued life in Hollywood. Instead, he started a series of small businesses and patented a few inventions, including the ping pong net. That idea made him a millionaire.

No one seems to know how Lefebvre's ashes ended up where they did. In fact, the family thought he was buried in a family plot. They even had a funeral.

"Just think about it," said Gil Lefebvre. "They bury the guy and you have a ceremony and everything. Then Henry pops up in San Diego. I mean, what do you say?"

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