VIA METRO.CO.UK – It’s been a rollercoaster of emotions for one family in Philadelphia, who put their 50-year-old relative to rest – only to find out 13 days after the funeral that she was alive and well.
Sharolyn Jackon was reported missing on July 18, when two days later a body fitting her description was found by officers on a street.
Jackson’s son Travis and a social worker positively identified the body and spent the following days and weeks arranging the funeral.
They buried what they believed to be their relative – but were stunned two weeks ago when officials told them that Jackson had walked into a mental health facility in the city.
‘You feel that you’re just about to get over it, that she’s dead – and then Travis comes here with the news that she’s alive,’ said her father, Dave Minnie.
‘We were happy that our daughter was alive, but we were also unhappy on account of the person that we buried.’
The authorities do not know the identity of the person who was in fact buried, and have placed a request for the body to be exhumed.
It is understood that the woman had died of natural causes and an investigation has been launched.
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