Man searches for wife's remains after body goes missing

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DENVER - A man is searching for his wife's remains following her unexpected death while in Colorado on business.

Shane Martin, from Las Vegas, was in Pueblo for business when his wife, who was along for the trip, became ill and passed away in January.

"She was compassionate, loving, caring," Martin said of his wife.

Shane and Elizabeth Martin were married four years. Lisa, as he calls her, was his best friend.

Their relationship goes back a quarter century. They used to be inseparable, now Martin can't find his deceased wife.

Before returning to Las Vegas Martin wants to have his wife cremated.

"It's been a nightmare, it's been an absolute nightmare," he said.

Lisa, 46, passed away from natural causes Jan. 12, according to the Pueblo County Coroner's office.

Martin admits being unprepared for the loss. He searched the Internet for a funeral home that would work within his budget. He called Mountain High Funeral Home, out of Aspen.

Martin says the person he talked to at Mountain High Funeral Home said they would be able to handle the arrangements.

"He assured me. That's what they do. They were going to take care of it," Martin said.

Martin paid almost $1,300, but his wife died more than a month ago and there's been no cremation.

"At this point, I'm not even sure what they're doing," he said.

He says the funeral home isn't calling him back. His last contact with them was the last week of January.

"I may not ever get her remains back. I may never get closure," Martin said.

Repeated calls by 9NEWS to Mountain High Funeral Home have not been returned.

"I would like them to give me my wife's ashes so I can go up on the mountain and spread her ashes as she wished," Martin said. "I want the death certificate so I can have some closure."

Typically, the cremation process can be completed within a three to five day window.

9NEWS is also checking with a locally-based crematory company that does work for funeral homes for any sign of Lisa Martin.

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