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Family says stranger’s body was in mother’s coffin wearing her clothes at the funeral home

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A North Carolina funeral home said it apologized after two sisters who went to view their mother’s body found another woman wearing her clothes inside the coffin.

Jennifer Taylor and Jennetta Archer had visited their mother’s body at an Ahoskie funeral home on September 7 when they discovered the error, WAVY-TV reported.

Archer said there was no resemblance between their mother and the woman who was in the coffin.

“There is no similarity in the person. Their height was very different. When the first person wore the clothes, they swam in the clothes because she was so short compared to my mother,” Archer told the station.

The sisters approached workers at Hunter Funeral Home, who initially denied that the woman was anyone else until they returned to the embalming room and saw Mary Archer’s body. The funeral home exchanged the bodies and the service continued.

“For it to go like that, it’s just embarrassing,” Taylor told the station.

The funeral home said they contacted the family to apologize, but Taylor and Archer said they had not received a call from the funeral home and were awaiting answers to their questions. A manager was not immediately available for further comment on Thursday.



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