NEW LONDON, Conn. — Police in Connecticut are investigating after a loaded gun was found in a children’s backpack near a New London funeral home.

The Day reports ( ) that the backpack was discovered on Sept. 12 in the Byles-MacDougall Funeral Service building’s rear parking lot by the funeral home’s director. Police say the director retrieved the bag the next day before it was reported to police.

Police found a loaded revolver inside of the backpack decorated with characters from a children’s cartoon television show. Investigators say the gun had not been reported stolen. A sneaker was also found nearby.

The funeral home is not far from a school.

Police continue to investigate.

Information from: The Day,

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