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Fla. Woman Finds Man's Remains in Thrift Store Dresser

The man's remains were eventually mailed to his family, across the country



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    File photo of funeral wood urn. A woman shopping at a New Smyrna Beach, Fla., thrift store found remains in a wooden box in a dresser drawer in July 2016.

    The family of a man who died 28 years ago will finally get to spread his ashes thanks to the determination of a woman who found a box containing his remains at a Florida thrift store.

    Brittany Gaither tells The Daytona Beach News-Journal she was shopping at Coronado Thrift and Boutique Shop in New Smyrna Beach earlier this month when she found the wooden box in a dresser drawer. It had a Phoenix funeral home label with the name of Robert Roy "Rusty" Fanning and the date of his cremation in 1988.

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    Gaither decided to track down the family. She posted a Facebook status that was shared more than 120 times. Soon she got contact information for Fanning's brother.

    She mailed the box to the family, which plans to spread the ashes near Flagstaff, Arizona.