(AP) — The survivors of a man who last year died of pancreatic cancer have filed a federal lawsuit in Chicago contending a shipping company lost some the man’s cremated remains.

The ashes of 71-year-old Joel D. Ford of Georgia was to be split into four urns and sent to his four children. Trayce Ford-Reyes of Naperville and her brothers in Texas each received urns. However, a sister in Indiana didn’t get one.

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The lawsuit contends the urn meant for Tyna Kirk was damaged by United Parcel Service and the ashes thrown in the trash. The family contends a funeral home, a packaging service and UPS failed to properly package an urn containing Joel Ford’s ashes.

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UPS spokesman Matthew O’Connor said the company hadn’t seen the lawsuit but doesn’t ship human remains. He said the company will investigate and respond accordingly.

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