AUGUSTA, Ga. – A coroner says a mix-up at the state crime lab led to a family burying the wrong body during a closed-casket funeral.
Burke County Coroner Susan Salemi says the body of Johnny Morgan Lowe III was never returned to Augusta after an autopsy.
Instead, Salemi says, another body – Louie Caldwell of Clayton County – was mistakenly buried during a December graveside service for Lowe.
The Augusta Chronicle reports that officials confirmed the mix-up Wednesday.
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Salemi tells the newspaper she was notified of the mistake Feb. 10, when she received a phone call from GBI Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Kris Sperry. Salemi says Lowe’s body remains at the GBI lab.
GBI spokeswoman Sherry Lang did not immediately respond to requests for comment.