"It wasn't my wife and I knew it"
Mortuary buries wrong woman after mix-up even AFTER her husband of 51 years complained
A California funeral home has admitted to a massive mix-up by burying the wrong woman - even after the deceased's husband told them that it wasn't his wife.
Posted by Jill Fallon at March 13, 2013 11:05 AM
At an open casket viewing on March 1st, Evans Davidson, 73, informed officials at Simpson's Mortuary in Ingelwood that he was 'pretty certain' the woman in the casket wasn't Darlene, his wife of 51-years.
'It wasn’t my wife and I knew it,' said Davidson. However, he claims he was pressured by mortuary employees into going ahead with the funeral after they told him the embalming process can sometimes change a loved ones appearance.
However, six days after they had buried 82-year-old Darlene, the family received a phone call from the mortuary informing them that their loved one in fact had never left the building and they had buried a complete stranger.
'He had a lady over there jumping up and down, saying the lady that she came to visit was not her mother,' said Davidson.
Hesitant about being asked to identify a body, when he wanted to believe his wife was already laid to rest, Davidson reluctantly made his way over.
'I didn’t know what to think,' said Davidson to NBC Los Angeles. 'Why am I going to ID a body when my wife’s supposed to be buried already?'
Upon arriving, he was stunned. 'I saw my wife, and the shock just knocked me down,' said the traumatized widower.