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Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Monday, August 26, 2013

Mistaken Identity Leads To an Exhumation

CoffinFuneral services for Sharolyn Jackson were held in early August. However, Jackson turned up alive just a few weeks later. Her identity was confirmed through her fingerprints when she showed up in a hospital. Jackson's mother, who saw the body in the casket, claimed that the women in the casket looked identical to her daughter except for her nose. Jackson's mom assumed that the embalming process had altered the appearance of the nose. This mistaken identity means that the buried body will be exhumed for proper identification. 

See Woman Turns Up Alive After Her Own Funeral, USA Today,  Aug. 23, 2013.


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