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Postal Service Loses Uncle’s Remains

September 26, 1990

BIRDSBORO, Pa. (AP) _ Somewhere between Florida and Pennsylvania, the cremated remains of a man entrusted to the U.S. Postal Service have disappeared.

Adelaide Findlay says the urn holding the ashes of her uncle, Earl H. Miller, 94, was mailed to her on July 16 by officials of the Fairchild Funeral Home in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

The insured package never showed up in Birdsboro, a town of 3,500 about 10 miles southeast of Reading. Miller died July 10 in Pompano Beach, Fla.

″It’s been hectic and has worn on my health,″ Ms. Findlay said. ″I’m afraid that waiting for the ashes to arrive is a lost cause. And, I’m not going to sue because that would only upset me more.″

Ms. Findley had planned to inter the remains of her uncle in a plot near his wife, Amelia R. Miller, who died in 1971. But for now, the grave remains empty.

″The last several months of his life were hectic for him. And even in death, it’s hectic for him,″ Ms. Findlay said.

The funeral home has filed a claim with the Postal Service to begin tracing the package.

″Once they file a claim, the trace would start at the post office branch it was mailed from, and we would check both states’ dead-letter branches,″ said Tina Carmody of the Fort Lauderdale post office.

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