Image: Police investigate the discovery of a body in a rented storage unit on Thursday afternoon at U-Stor Self Storage
Drew Harwell  /  Tampa Bay Times
Police investigate the discovery of a body in a rented storage unit on Thursday afternoon at U-Stor Self Storage.
msnbc.com staff and news service reports
updated 1/27/2012 7:42:56 AM ET 2012-01-27T12:42:56

The skeletal remains of a woman who died in 1995 have been discovered in a storage unit in Florida, according to police.

The discovery Thursday came after the manager of the self-storage business in Clearwater called the person who leased the unit because she was behind on her rent.

The woman told him that her grandmother was in the storage unit.

Police found the remains inside a blue coffin.

A district manager for the facility said the family had been delinquent on monthly payments for Unit B8 since Dec. 1, The Tampa Bay Times reported.

Mother's remains?
The paper said the family had put old TVs, banana boxes and other things in the unit, which is not air-conditioned, for 25 years.

The woman who rented the unit told police that she learned about the coffin last year, when her mother told her as she was dying, the Times reported.

The Times said police did not think there was anything suspicious about the way the grandmother died.

Death certificates for the mother and the grandmother were found by police, the paper said.

Improper disposal of a body is a crime, the Times said, but no charges had yet been brought.

It added that, as of Thursday night, officers had not located the mother's remains.

The Associated Press and msnbc.com staff contributed to this report.

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