2009-11-05 / Local & State

Family Wins $2.1M Verdict Over Handling Of Remains

COLUMBIA, Pa. (AP) – A south-central Pennsylvania cemetery is appealing a $2.1 million civil verdict over allegations that it mishandled a man’s remains.

The family of Frederick Rost won the award recently in Lancaster Common Pleas Court against Lauren Hill Memorial Cemetery for emotional distress and breach of contract.

The lawsuit centers on what happened to Rost’s cremated remains after the retired electrician died at age 75 in 2002.

The family says they were told “everything was taken care of’’ but became suspicious because the grave site hadn’t been dug up.

Court records indicate a cemetery official said Rost “wasn’t buried where he was supposed to be.’’

Cemetery officials maintained Rost had been properly buried after he was cremated, but the family still isn’t sure the remains buried there are the right one.

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