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Family of Middletown woman whose remains were found holds funeral, balloon release

Michelle Burgan disappeared in 2017
Posted at 7:01 PM, Dec 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-29 23:41:24-05

SPRINGBORO, Ohio — The family of a Middletown woman who disappeared in 2017 was finally able to lay her to rest at a funeral Saturday, the Journal-News reported.

Dozens of balloons were released in memory of Michelle Burgan, whose remains were found in a shallow grave three months ago.

Allie Fisher, one of Burgan’s four daughters, said her mom cared for everyone.

“Our mom was not only a mother, but a daughter, a grandmother, a sister and a friend of many,” she said. “She was a great mother, she was full of life, always kind to those around her.

“But for 17 months, our mother laid in a shallow grave with dirt and rocks, away from her family who was crazed with worry,” said Fisher.

Burgan’s remains were found at a Moraine home in September, and she was identified two months later.

The property owner, Gilbert Revere, was arrested shortly after Burgan’s remains were identified. He’s charged with gross abuse of a corpse, tampering with evidence and failure to report a death.

Burgan's daughters want anyone that might still have information to notify police.

The Journal-News is a media partner of WCPO 9 On Your Side.