SEYMOUR, Ind. (WDRB) — First he lost his mother, and now, because of a shocking mistake by the U.S. Postal service, a southern Indiana man has also lost his mother’s remains.
“It’s devastating. It’s sad,” said Donald Mink, an EMT and firefighter from Seymour.
When Mink’s mother, Louise, passed away in February, she was cremated, and the family paid the postal service to ship her ashes from North Dakota, where she lived, to her native Indiana. The U.S. Postal Service is the only legal way to ship human remains.
“I just want to lay her to rest in Austin with my grandma and grandpa where she belongs,” Mink said.
But when the remains failed to arrive after a couple of weeks, Mink got suspicious.
“Ever since I got the tracking number, every time I’ve looked or anybody else has looked, it said that it’s dead mail,” Mink said.
In this case, dead mail is an ironic term that means post office has lost Louise Mink’s ashes. Read more at WDRB