Daines asking postal service inspector general for ‘full investigation’ after Billings vet’s remains go missing

BILLINGS — U.S. Sen. Steve Daines of Montana is calling on the U.S. Postal Service to review and correct policy after a Billings veteran’s remains were lost in the mail.

Daines recently sent a letter to the USPS inspector general asking for an in-depth investigation into the matter, which took place during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Billings veteran Donald Tyler died from COVID-19 while traveling with his wife Christine Tyler overseas in March. Don was a U.S. Air Force veteran who served in Vietnam and made a career working as a federal law enforcement officer.

Last month, Christine finally received her late husband’s ashes delivered to her home in Billings by her local postman, but not before weeks of angst surrounding where the remains might be.

She spent weeks trying to find the remains after her husband died in a hospital in Spain and she opted to have him delivered back home with military honors. She also contacted the offices of both Montana’s U.S. senators, Daines and Jon Tester, for help.

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