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Foundation Meets Goal to Send Remains to Philippines

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A woman's remains are headed back to her homeland, thanks to generous donations from the community. The generosity came pouring in and the Waynesboro Police Foundation surpassed its goal of raising $6,000 to send Karen Tait's remains back home to her family in the Philippines. 

Karen Tait disappeared in 2002 and her husband confessed, a decade later, to murdering her. The foundation called out to the public for help in finding closure for Tait's family.

They said that arranging the transportation and funeral services would cost about $6,000. Thanks to the overwhelming support, extra dollars will go toward setting up a college fund for her teenage daughter.

"We really think that Karen's story really impacted a lot of people out there. That they really felt...they may have never known her, never known her child, but they were really affected by the very sad story," said Sgt. Brian Edwards of the Waynesboro Police Department.

Tait's body was recovered years ago in a West Virginia forest, but it wasn't identified until 2012. Her husband, Thomas Neal Tait pleaded guilty to the killing this year.

Dealing with the international element, organizers say there is a lot of red tape and paperwork involved, but they hope to have her back home within the next couple weeks.

They will continue collecting donations until November 1. To donate, click here. 

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