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HOUSTON (CBS Houston) — A moving company is holding a man’s ashes until his widow comes up with the money she owes them.

Toni Searcy told KRIV-TV that Northern Van Lines in Oregon is holding her husband’s ashes, family photos and other items in storage until she pays them $3,365.

“It’s like losing him all over again,” she told KRIV. “I’ve known him for over 40 years. He was my best friend for over 40 years.”

The station reports that Searcy was told the move to Houston from Oregon would cost $1,872, but due to additional weight, the price came out to $2,300. Searcy refused to pay because she says the company didn’t show her proof of the weight increase.

“I don’t understand how it could be so much more,” Searcy told KRIV.

Since they don’t have the money to pay the company, the family will now wait until the items get sold at auction.

“I’m just going to go to every auction they have from now on until I see our stuff and hope that we have enough money to buy it,” daughter Dawn Hanson told KRIV. “If we don’t, maybe whoever does win it will give us the stuff that they wouldn’t want and couldn’t sell anyways like my dad’s ashes and pictures.”

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