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Police Foundation Fundraises to Return Woman’s Remains to Family

Posted: Updated: 10/8/2013 11:28:32 PM
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The final chapter of a tragic murder case in Waynesboro is unfolding. The police foundation held a conference Tuesday evening to ask for help getting Karen Tait's remains back to her family.

Karen disappeared in 2002, but last year her husband pleaded guilty to killing her and leaving her body in a forest in West Virginia. After all these years, volunteers are now collaborating to take her back home. Organizers say it will cost about $6,000 to transport her remains to her family in the Philippines.

Karen came to the U.S. in 2000, gave birth to a child soon after and lived with her husband, Thomas Neal Tait, until she vanished at age 23. Her disappearance went unnoticed for years, and even though her body turned up, investigators didn't know it was her until 2012.

While justice has already been served to her killer, volunteers say this is the final step toward closure.

"We would just appreciate the public's help and understanding. And just remember that this young lady was brutally murdered. She's been separated from her family for 11 years now and we would like to get her back home," said Waynesboro police volunteer Ed Misker.

Volunteers say some donations have already been trickling in. They're hoping to raise the money necessary to get her back home as soon as possible.

Click here if you'd like to make a donation.

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