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Received Call From Dead Son

days after laying his son to rest, Frank J Kerrigan got a call from a friend. “Your son is alive,” he said. “Put my son on the phone,” Mr Kerrigan said. “He said ‘Hi Dad.’

” Coroner’s officials in Orange County, California, had misidentified the body, the Orange County Register reported.

The mix-up began on May 6 when a man was found dead behind a phone store in Fountain Valley, California. Mr Kerrigan, 82, 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.

When he asked whether he should identify the body, a woman said — apparently incorrectly — that identification had been made through fingerprints.

On May 12, the family held a $US20,000 ($26,342) funeral that drew about 50 people from as far away as Las Vegas and Washington state.

Frank’s brother, John Kerrigan, gave the eulogy. “We thought we were burying our brother,” his sister Carole Meikle said. “Someone else had a beautiful send-off. It’s horrific.”
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