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Posted: 9/2/2004 7:41:21 AM EST

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Cremated man's ashes make crash landing in woman's attic
Associated Press
September 2, 2004 ASHES0903


FOREST GROVE, Ore. -- An unwelcome guest recently crashed into Barbara Vreeland's home: the cremated remains of a Washington man.

The 46-year-old man died of natural causes in June. He wanted to be cremated and have his ashes scattered over Mountain View Memorial Gardens, a cemetery near Vreeland's home, Forest Grove police Capt. Aaron Ashbaugh said Tuesday.

Family members told police the bag of ashes slipped as they were circling the cemetery in a small plane they had hired for the day.

The 4-pound bag crashed through Vreeland's roof and landed in the attic.

``It really rattled our place,'' said Vreeland, who was at her kitchen sink when the ashes hit the roof. ``It wasn't a little bump - it shook the house.''

Vreeland's roof is being fixed and the man's family is paying for the damage.

``I understand the man wanted to be with his (deceased) relatives,'' Vreeland said.

``I feel for those people. But I think some of their relative is still in our attic.''
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