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    On the Third Coast

    Body Mistakenly Taken to Landfill

    Searchers hunt for body mistakenly taken to landfill

    Tuesday, January 10, 2006

    By Ken KolkerThe Grand Rapids Press

    HOLLAND -- A man's body picked up by mistake with last week's garbage from a funeral home is lost in a landfill.

    Holland police said today they hope to talk to workers at Priority Arrowaste of Zeeland to narrow their search within Autumn Hills landfill in Zeeland Township. So far a two-day search has turned up nothing.

    Relatives today confirmed the man's identity as Erwin Jordan, 66, of Holland. He died around Christmas of natural causes, relatives said.

    "We're going through a little bit of hell right now," said a woman who identified herself as his daughter-in-law, but didn't want her name published.

    She said she and her husband didn't know her father-in-law's body was being kept in a garage until they read about it in the newspaper. She said she didn't know whom to blame -- the waste hauler or the funeral home for storing the body that way.

    "At this point, we don't have a crime," Holland Police Sgt. Keith Mulder said. "What we have is a mistake."

    Arrowaste workers picked up the body Thursday from a garage at Notier-Ver Lee-Langeland Funeral Chapel, 315 E. 16th St. in Holland, police said. On Friday the funeral home discovered the body was missing.

    "The family's been kept informed of what's been going on from the very beginning," said John G. Sterenberg, a funeral home co-owner.

    Funeral home officials said they stored the body in the locked garage, which is not heated, while they waited word from the family or the county about whether it would be buried or cremated.

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    OH MY!!

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    Jun 2005
    On the Third Coast

    Follow up


    The family of a man whose body was in a box mistaken for trash in a Holland funeral home's garage -- then dumped in a Zeeland Township landfill -- wants the mortuary and waste hauler to pay more than $1 million for emotional distress.
    Family of Erwin Jordan, 66, claim the Notier-VerLee-Langeland Funeral Home and Priority Arrowaste were "negligent and reckless" for not taking greater care to prevent January's accidental disposal, according to a lawsuit filed in Ottawa County Circuit Court.

    "They have done wrong, and they know they have done wrong," said Jordan's brother, Stuart, of Plainwell. "We have to live with this burden, knowing my older brother is in a landfill."

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    Valinda is offline "Each of us is different...expect it, respect it, and accept it."
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    Feb 2006
    Oh my.... how very sad for the family.

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