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Officials Identify Female Skeleton Left in Florida Self-Storage Unit


Authorities have identified the skeletal remains of a 95-year-old woman found inside a Clearwater, Fla., U-Stor Self Storage unit in January as Ann Bunch. The woman’s body was discovered inside a plywood coffin after her granddaughter defaulted on the unit and notified the self-storage facility about the body when threatened with a lien auction.

The granddaughter, Rebecca Ann Fancher, inherited the unit from her mother. Fancher said her mother had placed Bunch’s body in the storage unit because she could not afford to transport Bunch to a burial plot in Alabama. Fancher said she was unaware of her grandmother's remains being stored in the unit until her mother divulged the information on her deathbed.

Bunch’s body was positively identified through DNA analysis.

No criminal charges were brought in the case. Although improper storage of a body is a crime in Florida, public safety officials determined Fancher’s deceased mother was responsible for placing Bunch’s body in the storage unit.

A Masonic lodge with ties to Bunch's second husband reportedly paid to transport her body to its intended burial destination, a Baptist church near Columbiana, Ala.


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