A murdered Waynesboro woman's remains are now back with her family in her homeland thanks to generous donors who wanted to make sure Karen Tait's heartbreaking story ended with a note of hope.
Tait disappeared in 2002, but it took years for police to identify her body and then for her husband to admit to killing her and dumping the body in a West Virginia forest. On October 8, the Waynesboro Police Foundation asked the public for help getting Tait's remains back to her family in the Philippines.
Within a week of setting up the Karen Tait fund drive, the foundation surpassed its goal of raising $6,000.
Now they're pleased to say that her family will have closure.
Organizers say that according to the Manila Times, her remains landed sometime last week. They say high-ranking officials and many others were involved in the efforts.
Police say they faced less red tape than anticipated, so they were shocked that the fund and arrangements went underway within weeks. For those involved in solving that case, it was rewarding to finally help the loved ones reach closure.
Sgt. Brian Edwards of the Waynesboro Police Department said, "This is probably the best that they have felt, and the fact that we were a part of it. We don't get to do that very often in this profession."
The expenses for the transportation and funeral services have already been taken care of but any additional money raised will go toward a college fund for Tait’s teenage daughter.
You can make a donation to the cause until Friday, click here for more information.