Family says Emily Dewey was 'taken advantage of' in last hours of life

Family says Emily Dewey was 'taken advantage of' in last hours of life Click to Enlarge

FARGO (KFGO) - The widow of Mahnomen County, Minn. Deputy Chris Dewey was "taken advantage of" during the final hours of her life. That's according to Hannah Rentmeester, whose 33-year-old sister, Emily Dewey, died January 31.

A GoFundMe page says hours before Emily passed away, a man who claimed to be her boyfriend coerced Emily into making him the executor of her estate and the beneficiary of the money she received after Chris was killed.

“In the last 24 hours of her life, this man took Em to his attorney and had her make him the executor of her estate. She also changed him to be the beneficiary of the money she received when Christopher was killed” according to the family statement. “One professional that she dealt on her final day with said that he has never experienced anything like it. He described hearing this man and an attorney coach Em, as she made these incredibly important decisions, in the final hours of her life. I spoke to Em just hours before this and she clearly was not healthy in mind or body.”

“This has resulted in a dispute over everything that belonged to Emily. Her remains are sitting in a crematorium as this man is contesting their release to the family” the statement says. “While this man claims that he will return Christopher’s ashes to the family, he has made no effort to make this happen and claims that the family hasn’t attempted or requested the belongings.

The family is trying to raise $18,000 to hire an attorney to contest the will. They say any leftover funds will be donated to "Concerns of Police Survivors" a national support group for families of officers killed in the line of duty.

The name of the GoFundMe page is "Fighting for the Deweys."

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