Family members who hold the funeral for grandmother, 75, are stunned to find a STRANGER (91) dressed in her clothes in the coffin – and discover she had been buried by another family two days earlier after being swapped in the morgue
- Catherine White, 75, and Elease McInnis, 91, died a day apart in Charlotte, North Carolina in late June
- Alexander Funeral Home reportedly turned on the two deceased women and buried White in McInnis’s grave on July 2
- When White’s family arrived at her funeral last week, they saw McInnis dressed in White’s clothes and jewelry resting in her casket
- A worker in the morgue told DailyMail.com “no comment” and hanged it on Wednesday
- White’s son now wants his mother’s body excavated from McInnis’s grave
Two families in North Carolina who mourn the loss of recently deceased loved ones are asking for answers after an alleged mix-up at a funeral home in Charlotte that forced each family to rest the wrong person.
Dr Jerry Bowman said Fox 46 that when he arrived at the funeral service for his mother, Catherine White, he immediately knew that the woman resting in her coffin, dressed in his mother’s white suit, was not the 75-year-old.
Bowman, who works as an emergency room, said he took care of his mother for the past four months while she died of terminal cancer.
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Morbid Confusion: Two families in North Carolina allege that an undertaker switched the bodies of their loved ones, Elease McInnis, 91 (left) and Catherine White, 75 (right).
When White’s family arrived at her funeral last week, they discovered a stranger in her coffin wearing the woman’s white suit and jewelry (photo)
White succumbed to Bowman’s disease in the early hours of June 26. She was 75 years old.
“I knew what she looked like when she left my house at 1:11 a.m. on June 26 this year,” said her son.
What Bowman and his family didn’t know at the time is that Elease McInnis died in Charlotte the day before at the age of 91. Both women were eventually sent to Alexander Funeral Home on Statesville Avenue to prepare for the funeral.
It is there, according to both families, that McInnis was dressed in White’s clothes and jewelry and was in her chest.
“She doesn’t deserve this. Nobody deserves anything like that, ”said Bowman.
Meanwhile, McInnis’ unsuspecting relatives held a funeral service on July 2 and mistakenly left White.
McInnis’s unsuspecting family put White to rest on July 2 in York Memorial Park (photo)
The owners of Alexander Funeral Home declined to comment on the situation
Dr. Jerry Bowman, White’s son, said he wants his mother’s body dug up from McInnis’s grave
One of McInnis’s relatives told Fox 46 that they are embarrassed and heartbroken about the situation.
The family member told the station that some loved ones noticed that McInnis looked different during her funeral, but they assumed it was due to embalming.
Bowman said White’s body should be unearthed from York Memorial Park with permission from McInnis’s family.
The owners of Alexander Funeral Home, which has been in operation since 1914, have not made any statements about the apparent switch.
When DailyMail.com contacted the morgue by phone on Wednesday, an employee said “no comment” and hanged up.
White’s relatives said the woman, who died of terminal cancer last month, did not deserve to be maltreated with death