Cremated Remains Found in Dumpster Are at Final Resting Place

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RITTMAN, Ohio-- The cremated remains of a U.S. Army veteran from Cleveland that were found in an Akron-area trash dumpster earlier this week are finally where his family intended for them to be after he died three years ago.

The cremains of Eric Wiley are at the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery where they will be intered on Monday alongside other veterans.

Wiley, who was 66, died in 2010 of a cardiac arrest.

His family says they held a funeral and afterwards turned the body over to funeral director, Eric Taylor.

Wiley's widow, Dorothy, tells FOX 8 that she signed cremation documents and expected the cremains to be turned over to the Veterans Administration for interment in a veterans cemetery.

On Tuesday, three years after his death, a box containing Wiley's cremains, along with two other boxes containing the cremains of David Vincent, 66, who died in 2008, and Rowena Montgomery, 90, who died in 2010, were discovered.

Also in the dumpster were funeral flags and documents from Taylor's funeral home.

The cremains are believed to have been stored at a rental unit in Macedonia that Taylor says he was renting along with another man.

Taylor told FOX 8 on Wednesday that he had been giving money to the other man to make payments on the storage unit but the payments apparently were not made, and he was eventually locked out of the storage unit by its owner.

The man who owns the storage facility told FOX 8 News that Taylor owed him $4,000. He refused to answer any questions, however, about how the cremains ended up in the large commercial dumpster on Akron-Peninsula road.

Taylor reclaimed the cremains on Wednesday at the urging of FOX 8 News and on Friday turned Wiley's cremains over to the Western Reserve National Cemetery.

What is not clear is why they were in storage for the past three years.

Contacted by FOX 8 on Friday to confirm that Wiley's remains were finally where the family expected them to be, Wiley's daughter Stephanie Hill expressed gratitude.

For Paul King of Akron, one of the three men who found the cremains and decided not to leave them in a dumpster, the news was comforting.

"I was hoping I would be able to find somebody, or somebody could tell me something as to why these were there and hoping I could get them back to the right family members," said King.

FOX 8 was unable to confirm whether any family members have yet been contacted regarding the cremains of Vincent and Montgomery.

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