A woman’s body has gone missing from an Ebonyi State mortuary, leaving family stunned.
Due to the corpse’s absence, the burial could not go place as planned.
After dying in the hospital, Madam Grace Orjiokoro’s body was interred at the General Hospital Mortuary Owutu Edda in Afikpo South Local Government Area.
She passed away on July 2nd, at the age of 80.
However, the family was taken aback when they went to the mortuary on December 28 to pick up the body for burial only to find it had vanished.
Sympathizers and family members had gathered under various canopies at the deceased’s compound, singing and chanting, only to learn that the body had vanished.
Fred Okoro, the deceased’s brother, said he received the shock of his life when the family went to the morgue to retrieve their sister’s remains on the day of the burial, only to discover that a different corpse had been held in the morgue for them.
A month after they deposited at the mortuary, he stated they had suspicions.
Family members’ attempts to view the state of the corpse were allegedly thwarted by morticians who claimed that the morgue was always fumigated.
It dawned on them, Pastor Okoro said, when the family members went to the morgue to pick up the body for lying in state and burial, only to be confronted with a weird corpse.
“The corpse presented to us was not ours because my sister is tall, about 6ft tall and we discovered that the person was short.
“Not only that, my sister plaited hair that fell down on her shoulder at the time of death but this one has a low cut hair,” he said.
Welsie Okoro, a naval officer and the deceased’s daughter, regarded the development as astonishing.
When the morticians were carried to the Owutu Police Station, they claimed that they had accidentally transferred her mother’s body to another family for burial.
And even the mortuary attendant Mr Felix said one of his colleagues said he knows the person he gave mother’s corpse to,” she said.
Pastor Okoro feared foul play because those accused of mistaking his sister’s body for their own had denied the claim.
“It was discovered that those people deposited the body in May whereas my sister was deposited in July 2nd,” he said.
Mr Vincent Ude, the Mortuary’s Manager, claimed he was doing everything he could to recover the body.
“Investigations are still on now, I am sure we are going to recover the corpse,” he said.