Alabama woman stunned after finding ASHES of 13 people in auctioned funeral director's storage unit

Alabama woman stunned after finding ASHES of 13 people in auctioned funeral director's storage unit
Rebekah and her husband were not bothered initially that it was a funeral director's unit, but when they opened it, that changed quickly (Screenshot Video/WKRG)

BALDWIN COUNTY, ALABAMA: A woman who won the contents of two abandoned storage units in Alabama was left stupefied after she discovered the remains of over a dozen people amongst the items. The woman who identified herself only as Rebekah bought two storage units for $30 at a mobile facility. Afterward, she loaded up the furniture and boxes inside and brought them home to Baldwin County. She was stunned when the cremated remains of 13 people were found inside the containers by her and her husband. 

ADVERTISEMENT

“That was one of the farthest things from my mind when I thought about doing an auction for a storage unit. I didn’t ever think that” she told KFOR. Rebekah and her husband were not bothered initially that it was a funeral director's unit, but when they opened it, that changed quickly. “We realized it was a funeral director’s unit. That was no big deal for me. He was like, ‘What’s this?’ And then I looked and I was like, ‘Well, that’s cremated remains,'” Rebekah told Nexstar’s WKRG.

ADVERTISEMENT

READ MORE

Alberto Selgado: Merced fatal kidnapping suspect Jesus Salgado's brother arrested for conspiracy

Christy Hammer: University of Southern Maine students demand professor be fired for saying only two sexes exist

ADVERTISEMENT

The cremations dated as far back as 1992, with the most current from 2019. Rebekah was already planning to reunite them with relatives, the moment she found the cremains. For the last few weeks, she has been doing just that. “It’s actually been quite easy, surprisingly...I’ve been lucky every time I’ve gotten the correct family members and they have been OK with it," she said. There were five families who were glad to receive phone calls from Rebekah.

ADVERTISEMENT

Cassandra Jones, whose husband Dan died, was one of them. Jones told KFOR, “After the funeral was over with, they told me they would take care of everything, and to my understanding, that is what I thought they had done." “It’s been devastating...It has truly been devastating. It just seems like I’m reliving this all over again," Jones said. More families could get that same phone call, according to Rebekah, who plans to keep trying to reunite the families with the remains of their loved ones.  

ADVERTISEMENT

The remaining cremains is those of Steve L Frazier, whose date of death is listed as February 24, 1992. Carl Anthony Williams was listed June 13, 2014, as the date of his death, and Kendal Jay Brown was cremated on January 18, 2015. Irene Foster was cremated on July 2, 1993, Larry Cecil Ross whose date of death was November 8, 2003, and Willie Martin Jr are all part of Rebekah's list. Jimmie Lee Craig was cremated on June 9, 1997, and Melissa Stallworth was cremated on January 5, 1994. Lastly, Jimmie Herrin's date of death is April 13, 2019, and Rebekah intends to return them all home. 

ADVERTISEMENT

Share this article: Alabama woman stunned after finding ASHES of 13 people in auctioned funeral director's storage unit