Mixup: Family to bury son a second time

March 25, 2009 3:54:21 PM PDT
A family is in mourning for a second time. The New Jersey Medical examiner notified them that the son and brother they thought they cremated over a year ago was the wrong body. John Miller thought his older brother Mark's ashes were in an urn, which the family buried at a gravesite in San Diego a year and a half ago.

But a few days ago, Miller got an apology letter from the state of New Jersey, informing him Mark's body was still at the medical examiners office in Newark and that the one they cremated and buried was actually someone else.

Miller's brother's body is badly decomposed now. The mistake discovered after a funeral company came to pick up the remains of an indigent, unclaimed person for burial. Mark's body had been at the funeral company since October of 2007.

"We put my brother to rest and thought it was a time for mourning and healing," said John Miller.

New Jersey's criminal justice director promising a full investigation.

"What happened is totally unacceptable and we intend to hold people accountable," said Matthew Mendelson, the Miller family lawyer. .

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