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State investigates missing remains of Shallotte veteran

SHALLOTTE, NC (WECT) - A man from Shallotte who died in January can't rest in peace just yet, because his remains are still missing.  Claude Suggs, a.k.a. "Sarge," was a Vietnam war veteran living in Shallotte. 

After being diagnosed with a rare stomach aneurysm, his son, William Suggs transferred him to Hendersonville where he later died.

William Suggs says he hired South Park Funeral Home in January to cremate his 83-year-old father. 

Three months later, there is still no sign of Suggs' remains. 

State investigators from the Board of Funeral Service are investigating.  Last week, the business was shut down.  Investigators seized everything inside the business but Sugg's remains were not found.

Family and friends are shocked about what happened and are now demanding answers.  Randall Brown was Suggs' best friend for over 20 years.  "He was a super guy and lived a full life," said Brown.  "I was very sad when he passed and I think about him every day."

Brown is trying to remember the good times that he spent with Suggs.  But, he can't stop thinking about the mystery of his remains.  "I fully intend to follow up on this," said Brown.  "If police don't handle it quickly, I will follow up on it myself"

Hendersonville Police arrested funeral home director Richard Mosley on Monday.  He's facing 19 different charges. 

Brown says they plan to spread Sugg's ashes out to sea for his birthday on April 12.  That won't happen unless his remains are found.  State investigators are still working this case.  Stay with for more updates on this developing story.

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