Ashes Of Homicide Victim Given To Relatives 40 Years Later

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The cremated remains of a homicide victim kept at a Rapid City funeral home for 40 years will finally be turned over to relatives in England.

Behrens-Wilson Funeral Home owner Wade Wilson says a local pastor making a trip to England in November will take the ashes of Lena White Hat to her relatives there. White Hat was killed in Rapid Valley in 1977. She had no relatives in the U.S. Her American husband died in 1979.

No one ever took possession of her remains until her niece in England recently began trying to find out what happened to them. With the help of volunteer researchers in Rapid City, she learned the ashes had been kept in a small box at the funeral home all these years.

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