The unusual case of the grandmother that was kept in a storage locker for 17 years can come to a close.
Ann Bunch’s body was buried in Georgia after being picked up March 2 from A Life Tribute, the funeral home where it was kept for six weeks, after being discovered in a non-climate-controlled storage locker in Clearwater for 17 years.
A masonic group came and claimed the body, said Nathan Hobson, funeral director.
“This would be the longest we’ve had anyone,” he said.
After being discovered among old televisions, newspapers and other items stacked into unit B-8 at the on Lakeview Road, Bunch’s body was taken, in its homemade blue coffin, to the funeral home for the indigent.
Rebecca Fancher, Bunch's granddaughter, said she needed time to get money together to make sure her grandmother would be buried and not cremated. Fancher also said at the time she would try to reach out to masonic friends.
Bunch’s body was also in holding for a couple of weeks as part of a police investigation to confirm her identity.
“She was buried exactly in the same casket she was in,” Hobson said. “It took a little while but the family got what they wanted.”