Oklahoma widow waits over a month to get husband’s remains

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After not being able to locate her husband's body for over a month, an Oklahoma widow said she reached out to NewsChannel 4 to get answers.

Tears spill when Vickie Barton remembers her husband, Arthur Wayne.

“He deserved so much more,” Vickie cried.

The 61-year-old died in a Norman hospital on October 24th.

At the time, his wife of 37 years was in jail and did not get to tell him goodbye.

“My son went up and talked to the judge, and they released me," Vickie said. "I got out and, on the ride home, I told my son I wanted to see daddy."

Vickie said the hospital directed her to an out-of-state cremation provider.

When she asked about seeing her husband's body, she said she did not like what she heard.

“That it was going to be a $95 charge for me to view him, and I would be able to view him through glass," Vickie said. "I told her, 'Oh no, that’s not going to work.'"

When she inquired about where her husband's body was, Vickie claims the third party company said she could not see him until she paid a nearly $1,700 bill.

When NewsChannel 4 started investigating Thursday, we got a hold of the cremation provider, who said they paid for Arthur's cremation, and his ashes were at the Oklahoma Mortuary.

The company also told us they had turned Vickie over to collections.

The Barton family said they are just glad they are getting closure.

“We deserve closure," David Barton said. "I’d like my dad to rest in peace."

“I want his ashes," Vickie cried. "We made promises to each other, and he wanted to be in Colorado, and I’d like to me and the kids go to Colorado and put their daddy where he wanted to be.”

The Oklahoma Mortuary did confirm that Arthur's ashes are there.

The Barton family hopes to pick them up soon.

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