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Family plants tree in son's honor, months after remains found on alleged serial killer, Todd Kohlhepp's property

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The family of Charlie David Carver is remembering him by honoring his one last wish. 

"It's kind of like a continued life here on earth. Even though I know he's not here anymore, in a way he will be," said Joanne Shiflet, Carver's mother.

Carver's remains were found on accused serial killer, Todd Kohlhepp's property last November. Carver's mom says the past 6 months have been unbearable, but she vows to keep his memory alive.

"We'll never forget. I guess you learn how to deal with it, but we'll never forget," said Shiflet.

Shiflet says their family will keep Charlie's memory alive by planting a tree in his honor.

"He said that's what he wanted to do. He said he wanted to give back to nature and wanted his ashes with a willow tree," said Shiflet.

The tree will be planted in his mom's front yard. Carver's family says it's a way to remember his life and the many memories they shared in that same front yard.

"Instead of just seeing a box of ashes and talking to a box, we can actually come out here and talk to a living tree that he's actually part of," said Jaye Shiflet, Carver's step dad.

Carver's family will plant the tree on this Saturday on Earth Day. 

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