Wrong Woman Buried: How Was Darlene Davidson Mistaken For Someone Else's Wife?
The wrong woman was buried by a California family on March 1 after an Inglewood mortuary mistook the woman for someone else, according to reports.
Family and friends of 82-year-old Darlene Davidson thought that they had attended her funeral and burial March 1, but her husband of 51 years, 73-year-old Evan Davidson, had a feeling something -- or in this case, someone -- wasn't right. He kept insisting to the morticians at Simpson Family Mortuary that the woman in the casket didn't look like his wife.
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The morticians told Evan that Darlene didn't look like herself because of embalming, but a few days after the funeral, Evan got a call from the mortuary asking him to come identify a body. This time, it was his wife, and the mortuary admitted that the wrong woman was buried at Darlene's grave site.
Now, Evan must prepare to bury his wife for a second time on Wednesday as CBS Los Angeles notes.
"You know, instead of getting over it, you go right back into it," Davidson said. "I wasn't sleeping as it was, and now here we go again."
Davidson's son, Eric Haynes, backed his father's uncertainty at the original funeral and burial said that the family actually told mortuary officials that something was wrong during the viewing.
"The mortician, the guy that dresses them, he convinced us that was her," he said.
The Davidson family and their attorney, Brian Witzer, were at the mortuary on Monday to make sure the correct body was in the casket and that a wrong woman wouldn't be buried again. The mortuary offered to exhume the body and pay all expenses for both families to have proper funeral services.
As a result of the wrong woman being buried, the Cemetery and Funeral Bureau is investigating the incident, according to KNBC-TV.
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