CHICAGO — Relatives of a Chicago woman who died in retirement in Mesa last month say they are afraid she will never have a proper burial because her ashes are missing in the mail.
The woman, 89-year-old Mabel Bink, died June 18, and a package containing her ashes was supposed to arrive July 19 in Chicago, in time for her scheduled July 23 burial.
A U.S. Postal Service official says records show the remains were processed in Phoenix and supposedly arrived in Chicago on a commercial flight earlier this month. But the package was still missing Wednesday.
Regina Armstrong of the U.S. Postal Service's local Consumer Affairs Office says postal officials in Phoenix are also on alert for the remains. Armstrong says an urn was recovered in Des Moines, Iowa, but it wasn't the right one.