Veteran’s Family Upset Over Remains Left in Dumpster
CLEVELAND — Eric Wiley, 63, was a husband, a father, a grandfather and an honorable veteran of the United States Army.
When he died in 2010 of cardiac arrest, he left behind a loving family who expected him to have a final resting place in a veteran’s cemetery.
“We had a funeral, and then after that, the remains were supposed to go to a military slot. I signed papers for that,” said his widow, Dorothy, on Thursday.
Instead, Wiley’s cremated remains and those of two other people were discovered in a large commercial dumpster in Akron on Tuesday.
What all three had in common was Funeral Director Charles Taylor, who explained to FOX 8 News that they may have been in a Macedonia storage unit he was renting, along with someone else.
Taylor explained that he was locked out of the storage unit after payments had not been made.
The owner of the storage facility told FOX 8 on Wednesday that Taylor owed him $4,000, but would not answer questions about how the boxes of cremated remains ended up in an Akron dumpster.
That, however, was not where Dorothy Wiley expected her late husband’s remains to ever be found.