California father buries wrong man after coroner's mistake

AP News
|
Posted: Jun 25, 2017 3:09 AM
California father buries wrong man after coroner's mistake

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California man who thought his son had died has learned he buried the wrong man.

Eighty-two-year-old Frank J. Kerrigan of Wildomar says the Orange County coroner's office mistakenly identified a body found dead on May 6 as that of his son.

Kerrigan says he was told fingerprints were used to ID 57-year-old Frank M. Kerrigan, who is mentally ill and homeless.

But Kerrigan's lawyer tells the Orange County Register (http://bit.ly/2tZSyZj ) it appears authorities weren't able to match fingerprints from the corpse before concluding it was Kerrigan's son.

A $20,000 funeral and burial were held.

Eleven days later, Kerrigan's friend called to say his son was alive. Kerrigan says his son got on the phone and told him: "Hi Dad."

A coroner's spokesman says the case is under investigation.