Bodies exhumed after concerns raised about Missouri burials

4 years 2 months 3 weeks ago Thursday, September 17 2015 Sep 17, 2015 Thursday, September 17, 2015 12:13:35 PM CDT September 17, 2015 in News
By: The Associated Press

KANSAS CITY (AP) - Two graves have been opened after a Missouri mortuary worker raised concerns that three bodies had been mixed up and that families weren't notified.

Todd Myers, the chief assistant in the Greene County prosecutor's office, said "the source who came forward appears to have accurate information."

Springfield police spokeswoman Lisa Cox said there are no DNA results, so she couldn't confirm that bodies that were exhumed last week were in the wrong graves. She says they are investigating.

But relatives who were present Thursday when 64-year-old Debra Lemmon's grave was opened said Lemmon's body wasn't there. Lemmon's husband, 72-year-old Jack Lemmon, of Bolivar, called the situation "bizarre."

Mortuary worker Karley Boston claims in a complaint that she says she filed with a state board that two of the bodies were buried in the wrong graves and a third body, which was supposed to be buried, was cremated even after the mistake became known. 

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