More than two years have passed, but relatives are steadfast in their hope that the remains of their matriarch, Aundrea Jones, will be returned to them.
Jones, 71, died in February 2014. The family entrusted the Johnson Family Mortuary with her funeral and cremation arrangements.
But weeks after a box that supposedly contained Jones’ ashes was delivered to the family, police were called to investigate a foul odor coming from inside the east Fort Worth funeral home.
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The funeral home owners, Dondre Johnson and his wife, Rachel Hardy-Johnson, were each charged with several counts of abuse of a corpse and theft and are serving time in jail.
Felicia Braxton testified at Dondre Johnson's trial that for weeks she had believed the ashes given to the family were what remained of her mother. But she and other family members later discovered those ashes belonged to another family.
Family members have been trying to find the ashes ever since.
The number associated with the box containing her mother's remains is 4065, Braxton said.
Johnson was convicted and sentenced to two years in a Texas state jail facility. He is in the Hutchins Unit in Dallas and is scheduled for a Sept. 13, 2017 release.
4065 number associated with the box containing the remains of Aundrea Jones.
Johnson’s wife and the former co-owner of the mortuary, Rachel Hardy-Johnson, began serving a 21-month federal prison sentence for food stamp fraud in August 2015. She was also ordered to pay $76,494 in restitution in that case, which is unrelated to charges stemming from her operation of the Johnson Family Mortuary.
In March, Hardy-Johnson, 37, pleaded guilty to two counts of abuse of a corpse and one count of theft. She will serve one year each concurrently in jail for the misdemeanor abuse of a corpse convictions and two years in prison for the theft conviction, according to court documents.
As part of the plea deal, several charges of abuse of a corpse, theft and forgery pending against Hardy-Johnson were dropped.
This report includes material from the Star-Telegram archives.