Family Sues California Mortuary Over Switched Bodies

May 18, 2012

A family is suing a mortuary over a body switch that resulted in a grandmother being buried in another woman’s clothes in a California cemetery instead of an above-ground crypt in Nicaragua.

The lawsuit filed Wednesday by the 88-year-old woman’s family seeks unspecified damages.

Mercedes Adilia Rodriguez died in 2010. The grandmother of 11 wanted a closed casket funeral and a final resting spot above-ground in Nicaragua rather than the chilly earth of a cemetery.

But Rose Hills Memorial Park in Whittier told the family they confused her with someone else.

The Los Angeles Times reports Rodriguez was put in an open casket wearing another woman’s clothes and she was buried in the Whittier cemetery. She was exhumed days later and sent to Nicaragua.

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  • May 18, 2012 at 6:23 pm
    csp says:
    Greedy Insurance Co. Where did that come from? They are going to pay for the lawsuit, lawyers fees, all that pain, suffering, and mental anguish.
  • May 18, 2012 at 4:57 pm
    wvagt says:
    What's the point? Why, some lawyer stands to profit handsomely at the expense of a greedy insurance company, of course. It's all about easy money. That makes two sad mistak... read more
  • May 18, 2012 at 4:45 pm
    Anejo says:
    Did she get to keep the new dress?
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