Forgotten remains being claimed

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The Richmond County coroner says he continues to hear from family members after taking possession of cremated remains when a funeral home went out of business.

About 10 families contacted Richmond County Coroner Grover Tuten after a story in The Chronicle last week about problems with Dent's Undertaking Establishment.

The longtime Augusta funeral home declared bankruptcy and lost its license, prompting the coroner to take possession of about 20 boxes of remains that had not been buried.

Five of the families have been reunited with the unclaimed remains, Mr. Tuten said. He plans to bury those unclaimed by the end of this month.

One such family member, Vera Hill Brown, of Detroit, tells her story in Saturday's edition of The Chronicle.


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