Funeral home loses grandmother's body, puts another corpse in the casket when family comes to say goodbye
Norma Newman's family was set to say their final goodbye to her on Saturday night, however, when her sister Cuinthia Webber opened the casket and made the shocking discovery
A funeral home in Florida reportedly lost a woman's body and attempted to trick her family by putting a stranger inside her casket. Norma Newman's family was set to say their final goodbye to her on Saturday night when her sister Cuinthia Webber opened the casket and made the shocking discovery.
She immediately questioned workers at Roy Mizell & Kurtz Funeral Home in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, whether the body on the open casket was of her sister Norma.
Webber, while talking to WSVN, recalled: "I went up to view her body. 'No, this is not my sister. This is somebody we did not know.' We did not know the person that was lying in the casket."
She said that there were multiple physical inconsistencies which the family noticed and the most prominent one was a mole that was missing on the woman's face.
"THIS IS NOT MY SISTER" - Norma Newman's family attended her wake at a funeral home in Fort Lauderdale -- but when they opened the casket, they found a complete stranger inside. Now they are demanding answers. https://t.co/x4msWNo34m— WSVN 7 News (@wsvn) March 11, 2019
Newman's niece, Suzette Walsh, added: "We asked them about the mole on our aunt's face. They said that they covered it up with makeup. There was no mole there, you know? And makeup couldn’t cover it because it was kind of protruding out of her face."
The family also noticed that Newman had only four toes on her feet but the body in the casket had all five. "They said she has all five of her toes. That lady is not my grandmother," Camisha Stewart, Newman’s granddaughter said.
However, the most disturbing experience for the family was when they asked for their grandmother's body and the workers did not know where it was.
"At this point, we don’t know where my aunt’s body is. We don’t know. We all came in here to mourn the loss of my aunt, and this is what we get, and nobody is taking ownership. We don’t know — many questions, unanswered questions. That’s not right," Newman’s other niece, Marcia Durrant-Aris said.
Reports state that the funeral home later admitted that the body in the casket was not of Norma Newman, however, they also added that they did not know where her body was.
"‘It just went to, 'Honestly, we’re still investigating', because they don’t honestly know where she’s at," Stewart said.
7News reportedly reached out to another family who had a funeral with the same service earlier month and they said that they had reasons to believe that the body they buried could have been of Newman.