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Grandma Found In Storage Unit: Florida Police Say Woman's Corpse Held There 17 Years (VIDEO)

First Posted: 01/27/2012 12:42 pm Updated: 01/30/2012 10:57 am

Grandma In Storage Unit
Police remove a blue casket containing a woman's remains from a storage unit in Clearwater, Fl.

When Grandma went to a better place, she probably had something a little more luxurious in mind.

A manager at a self-storage facility made a shocking discovery on Thursday after a customer revealed that her family had held their grandmother's corpse in a rented unit for approximately 17 years, investigators in Florida say.

Kevin McKeon, of U-Stor Self Storage in Clearwater, learned about the body earlier this week when he called a tenant to inform her that she was behind on payments, the Tampa Bay Times reports. McKeon informed the renter that the contents of the unit would soon be auctioned off.

The granddaughter, whose identity remains anonymous, told McKeon that he couldn't sell the possessions, because one of those items was grandmother.

"She called and said, 'My mother told me on her death bed that Grandma is in the storage unit. You can't sell our stuff,'" Joelle Castelli, a Clearwater police spokeswoman, told the Tampa Tribune.

Skeptical of the conversation, McKeon did not check the storage unit until Thursday. When he opened the door and saw a long blue casket, he immediately contacted the Clearwater Police Department.

Since then, officials have located the death certificate for the grandmother, who died in 1995 and was reportedly properly prepared for burial, according to MSNBC.

So far, no charges have been filed. Authorities are continuing the investigation.

UPDATE: Authorities with the Clearwater Police Department have identified the grandmother as Ann Bunch, born Jan. 1, 1900, as well as the daughter and granddaughter, Bobbie Barnett Hancock born Dec. 25, 1929 and Rebecca Ann Fancher born May 27, 1957, respectively. Police are still investigating and do not anticipate charging Fancher with any crime, according to a press release obtained by The Huffington Post.
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Filed by Steven Hoffer  |