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Daughter issues plea over mother’s ashes gone missing ‘after being posted to wrong address’

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An American woman has issued a plea for her fellow citizens’ help after a box contained her mothers ashes went missing in the post.

Amy Redford, of La Grange, Kentucky, told The Florida Times-Union newspaper that she had been attempting to send the cremated remains to her sister across the country in Florida.

She had posted the ashes in a box on September 9 via the US Postal Service to what she thought was her sister’s address in Jacksonville. The box, which bore a bright red label saying “cremated remains”, was delivered the next day.

But Ms Redford’s sister had moved house without notifying her sibling.

The box was sent via the US Postal Servie, according to reports (REUTERS)

The dismayed daughter told the paper that she had since spoken to postal inspectors and people living at the address.

She claimed that a tenant at the address had taken the brightly-labelled box when a postal worker knocked on the door, and that when the woman realised the package was not for her, she put it outside so the worker could take it – where it promptly went missing.

Ms Redford, who praised the local postal services for having been an “amazing” help, said she hopes someone will see her story and help return her mother’s ashes to the family.

“Getting the word out as much as possible is my best strategy so that’s sort of what I’ve been hoping for,” she said.

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“Somebody might see something, somebody might know something.”

Ms Redford’s mother, Catherine Elizabeth Mays, died at the age of 77.

“I just want to put her in peace,” Ms Redford told the newspaper. “I don’t want my mother to end up in some landfill somewhere.

She has already emailed waste disposal companies in the area and received reassurances employees will look out for the package, the newspaper reported.

Agencies contributed to this report

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