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Murder victim's remains lost in the mail between MO and TX

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Randy Lindsay first lost his 23 year old son Joshua, in February. Randy Lindsay first lost his 23 year old son Joshua, in February.
Lindsay says his sister mailed a lime green shoe box with a smaller white box inside. Lindsay says his sister mailed a lime green shoe box with a smaller white box inside.
"I just want him found that's all I want and I want somebody to care to find him," said Lindsay. "I just want him found that's all I want and I want somebody to care to find him," said Lindsay.
CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) -

A murder victim's remains are somehow lost in the mail somewhere between Cape Girardeau and Texas. Now the family is dealing with the loss of a loved one for the second time.

Randy Lindsay first lost his 23 year old son Joshua, in February. He was murdered in North Carolina.

The family once lived in Texas, and Randy says Josh loved everything about it.

So, while Randy was temporarily living there, he wanted Josh's ashes shipped to him to scatter over the state he loved.

Now, instead, the father must deal with losing his son for a second time.

Randy Lindsay says he just can't believe it.

"They lost the remains of my son," said Lindsay.

For Lindsay the nightmare began in February with the murder of his 23 year old son Joshua, a young father, shot to death in North Carolina.

Looking for closure a few months later, Lindsay asked his sister to mail Joshua's remains to a place his son loved most.

"My sister mailed his remains on July 5 from Cape Girardeau, Missouri to Forney, Texas," said Lindsay.

Randy Lindsay was spending some time renovating his sister's house in Forney. So from a drop off center on Kingshighway.

Lindsay says his sister mailed a lime green shoe box with a smaller white box inside.

"On that box it says this box contains the remaining cremated remains of Joshua William Lindsay, " said Randy Lindsay.

That box never arrived. Instead almost a month later Lindsay received a form letter from the United States postal service.

"Dear customer an empty wrapper with your address was found in the mail," said Lindsay.

Only the postage and a piece of paper containing the address turned up. The ashes are gone.

Lindsay says he tracked the package as far as Hazelwood. So far the best explanation he's gotten from the Postal Service is that the package could be at the mail recovery center in Atlanta. However, Lindsay believes it could be anywhere.

The postal service released a statement to the media promising a nonstop search and daily updates. Lindsay says he just wants his son back.

"I just want him found that's all I want and I want somebody to care to find him," said Lindsay. "Their apologizes are hollow."

As of Thursday afternoon, Lindsay says there's still no sign of his son's ashes. He's asking anyone to contact him with information.

Lindsay plans to stay in Texas for a while longer just in case the package turns up. He'd planned to already be back in Jackson.

The Postal Service says they are doing everything they can to find the package, and are now also searching centers in Iowa and Missouri.

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