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Abandoned Casket Case Remains Under Investigation

Last updated on Thursday, May 16, 2013

(INDIANAPOLIS) - It has been a year and no criminal charges have been filed in the case where a woman and her casket were found inside an abandoned building in Indianapolis.

On May 1, 2012, construction workers found Pauline Keller , who died in 2008 at the age of 81, in a casket inside a building in the 2300 block of North Meridian Street.

Documents provided by U.K. Tinker, who was Keller's guardian, show Keller paid then funeral director Marvin L. Boatright $3,500 for a funeral, 10 years before her death.

U.Z. Tinker, is upset about the way Keller's remains were handled and that the prosecutor has not filed charges.

Peg McCleish, spokeswoman for the Marion County prosecutor's office says the case is under review.

Murphy Parks Funeral Home and Cemetery stepped in and donated money to give Keller a proper burial.

Tinker became Pauline Keller's guardian in 1998. Keller was plagued with health problems including Parkinson's disease.

Tinker says although Keller received her wish to be buried in a pink dress, he had no idea her casket was never delivered to Floral Park Cemetery.

Boatright was convicted on forgery charges in 2011 related to his funeral business but did not face jail time.

Boatright says he was very sorry about what happened to Keller, but he had no idea a casket was inside the abandoned building. Boatright was remodeling the building when the owners changed the locks and wouldn't allow him back inside.

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