Late NH man’s ashes, gone missing in mail, found at Ga. mail center

Posted Oct. 10, 2013, at 6:30 a.m.

NORTHWOOD, N.H. — The ashes of a Northwood man, who died of an apparent heart attack in August, have been found at a mail center in Georgia, after being lost in the mail on the way to Florida.

On Sept. 26, Allison Kelley, 49, of Northwood, had mailed two urns containing the ashes of her late husband to Florida so the ashes could be spread in the Florida Keys. The ashes of Chuck Eber, 58, who died in August, were mailed to his daughter, who lives in Florida.

But when the package arrived, the urns were not there.

After unsuccessful attempts to locate the ashes through U.S. Postal Service, and reaching out to the media for help, Kelley received a phone call around noon on Tuesday while shopping at Hannaford. The call was from the recovery center in Atlanta, Ga., stating that the urns have been found.

“I was just overwhelmed,” said Kelley, “because I really kind of resigned to the fact that they might never be found.”

Kelley said she is now relieved that she can fulfill Eber’s wish to have his ashes spread in the Florida Keys, which is his favorite fishing spot.

“This was his want, and if I wasn’t able to fulfill that I think that would have always bothered me,” said Kelley.

Kelley said she plans on flying to Key West to help spread her late husband’s ashes there next week.

According to Kelley, the urns are expected to be delivered to Eber’s daughter’s home in Port St. Lucie, Fla., on Friday. She was told the postmaster of Port St. Lucie will deliver the package to the daughter personally.

Kelley said it remains unknown how the urns got lost, or how they were recovered. She said that when Eber’s daughter received the original package, the package was torn on the bottom.

Distributed by MCT Information Services

 

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