U.S. woman finds wrong body in mother’s casket, suspects she was cremated in Canada

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  1. Valleyboy

    Valleyboy Grumpy Old Man..

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    U.S. woman finds wrong body in mother’s casket, suspects she was cremated in Canada


    A woman wants answers after discovering the wrong body in a casket that should have contained her mother, who died unexpectedly while on vacation in St. Maarten.

    Lisa Kondvar, of Warwick, R.I., and her family discovered another woman’s body in the casket at a New Jersey funeral home last month. The body of her mother, Margaret Porkka, had been prepared at a funeral home on the island.

    “I looked up, and I was like, ‘Good God, are you kidding me?’ I was stunned,” Kondvar said by telephone Friday.

    The family proceeded with the wake, with the casket closed, because they discovered the mistake just before calling hours were about to begin.

    The relatives believe a hospital or funeral home confused Porkka’s body with that of a Canadian woman who died on the island around the same time. They also think Porkka’s body was cremated in Ottawa.

    The family wants to know for sure and will take possession of the ashes if they are determined to be those of Porkka, Kondvar said.

    The two dead women bore no resemblance to one another and were of different frames and heights, she said. The family has hired a detective and is looking for an international attorney.

    St. Maarten Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams said Friday the government there has formed a committee to investigate the case at the request of U.S. officials and will conduct a DNA analysis to verify the identities of both bodies.

    She said the women were in their 80s and died Nov. 29 from natural causes and their bodies were flown to the U.S. on the same airline. She said the body flown to Canada was cremated.
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  3. Sonya610

    Sonya610 Former Member

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    If the body was cremated how do they expect to get "dna evidence"?

    Do the Canadian authorities collect dna samples before sending elderly natural death patients to the morgue?
  4. HMSHood

    HMSHood Admiral-Class Battlecruiser

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    That is really messed up. Someone screwed up big time.
  5. Woodland

    Woodland Well-Known Member

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    Hopefully process of elimination will determine identities from DNA evidence. Most certainly paperwork accompanied this person before cremation - someone was responsible to read and verify the info.

    Inexcusable. Imo.

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