Burial mix-up

Geelong Advertiser - - WORLD -

REL­A­TIVES who thought they had buried their loved one only to find out he was alive 11 days af­ter his fu­neral are su­ing the Cal­i­for­nia county re­spon­si­ble for what they say started as a mix-up but be­came a cover-up. Frank Ker­ri­gan’s fam­ily has filed the law­suit al­leg­ing neg­li­gence and con­ceal­ment against Or­ange County. County spokes­woman Car­rie Braun says she could not com­ment on pend­ing lit­i­ga­tion but that the sher­iff’s de­part­ment was con­duct­ing an in­ter­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion. Last May, Mr Ker­ri­gan’s fam­ily buried a man wrongly iden­ti­fied by the county coroner’s of­fice as their rel­a­tive. Eleven days later, they learned Ker­ri­gan was alive.

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