California Father Buries Wrong Man After Coroner’s Mistake

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SANTA ANA, Calif. — Eleven days after laying his son to rest, Frank J. Kerrigan got a call from a friend.

“Your son is alive,” he said.

“Bill (Shinker) put my son on the phone,” Kerrigan said. “He said ‘Hi Dad.’ ”

Orange County coroner’s officials had misidentified the body, the Orange County Register reported Friday.

The mix-up began on May 6 when a man was found dead behind a Verizon store in Fountain Valley.

Kerrigan, 82, of Wildomar, said he called the coroner’s office and was told the body was that of his son, Frank M. Kerrigan, 57, who is mentally ill and had been living on the street.




Image:  Frank Kerrigan holds onto a a funeral card for his son Frank

Frank Kerrigan holds onto a a funeral card for his son Frank, near Wildomar, California on June 23, 2017. Kerrigan, who thought his son had died, learned he buried the wrong man.