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Police Uncover Skeleton in Tampa Bay-Area Self-Storage Unit


This week the skeletal remains of a woman who died in 1995 were discovered this week in a unit at U-Stor Self Storage in Clearwater, Fla.

When District Manager Kevin McKeon phoned unit B8's tenant, delinquent since Dec. 1 but faithfully paying for many previous years, he was told a woman's remains were inside the unit. He was suspicious of the claim, thinking it was a prank, until staff opened the unit and saw a blue casket. They then notified police.

The current tenant is the deceased woman's granddaughter, who inherited the unit upon the death of her own mother last year. The tenant told the manager she was unaware of her grandmother's remains being stored in the unit until last year when her mother was on her deathbed. Police could not account for the mother's remains at the time of the original report.

Though the unit is not air-conditioned, police told the source the remains appeared to have been "properly processed" for burial, and there isn't a clear reason why she wasn't buried. Police also don't think the grandmother died under suspicious circumstances, but improper disposal of a body is a crime. No charges had been filed at the time of the report.

Police said the grandmother's remains will be taken to A Life Tribute, which provides indigent burials from chapels in nearby Largo and Gulfport.

U-Stor and affiliated brand Car-Go Self Storage have 12 facilities in Florida and 88 facilities across 12 states.


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