NBC- A Washington, D.C., family says their grandmother's body has apparently been lost after they arrived at her viewing to find a different deceased woman in the casket.
"I saw the body of another female that wasn't my grandmother," Tawana Murphy told News4's Pat Collins. "My heart dropped. I was in disbelief."
Virginia Gray, 83, lost consciousness Feb. 19 at her home on Dix Street NE and was taken to the Prince George's Hospital Center, where she later died.
The grandchildren say when they walked into Gray's viewing at Horton's Funeral Home in Northwest last Friday, the woman in the casket was not Gray, but was wearing the clothes they previously brought to the funeral home for their grandmother.
The Prince George's Hospital Center and Horton's Funeral Home have not responded to News4's requests for comment.
Hey 'Horton's Funeral Home', before you respond to NBC I have a question for you. Was the women that was in the casket also black? If she wasn't then I don't really see an adequate course of action for you guys, but if she was then I think you just have to deny, deny, deny and hope this all goes away sooner rather than later. People may not look like another race postmortem, but they do look extraordinarily different. You probably can't convince a family that a lifeless white lady is their deceased black grandmother, but you might be able to trick them into believing a lack of blood flow and shit ton of makeup transformed Virginia Gray into an unrecognizable African American corpse. Again, neither seems like they will be all that effective, but they are probably just as likely to work as any other excuse you could possibly come up with as to why a woman had an understudy in her casket at her own funeral. It's either lie to a grieving family's face or engage in a high stakes game of 'He Said, She Said' with 'Prince George's Hospital Center' as far as I am concerned, and unfortunately people are far more trustworthy of places you go to stay alive than places you are sent when you are dead.