Ga. officials working to identify cremated remains found in storage unit and notify families

By Kate Brumback, AP
Thursday, December 17, 2009

Cremated remains found in Atlanta-area storage

ATLANTA — Officials are trying to figure out what to do with nearly 100 boxes of cremated remains that were found in a bankrupt funeral home’s storage unit in suburban Atlanta.

The discovery has been a comfort for a few families that received the ashes of lost loved ones, but many boxes remain unclaimed.

The 96 boxes, some dating back to the mid-1980s, were discovered in July in three storage spaces. They were found by the staff of a bankruptcy trustee for the the Sellers Brothers Funeral Home, which declared bankruptcy in 2006.

Juanita Sellers Stone, whose family operated the Atlanta funeral home for decades, said she kept the boxes so families could claim them. It’s not clear whether any laws were broken.

Any unclaimed ashes will be buried.

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