Police on Sunday said that a mortuary returned the wrong remains of a deceased man to his bereaved family in Nasushiobara, Tochigi Prefecture. The mistake was discovered within 30 minutes, but by the time the morgue was alerted, the correct remains had already been cremated. Police have apologized to both families.
The skeletal remains of a 65-year-old man were found in his apartment on Aug 21. The family of the deceased visited his remains at the morgue on Sept 5. They were mistakenly presented with the remains of a 44-year-old male who had also been found in the same state in an apartment on Aug 18. According to police, both bodies had been wrapped and the staff member involved failed to check the remains to verify the identity of the deceased.© News reports