Cremated relative given to wrong family, who spread the ashes

Cremated relative given to wrong family, who spread the ashes


A New Mexico family given the wrong person’s cremated remains by a funeral home realized the morbid mix-up too late — after their loved one’s ashes were already mostly gone.

Carmen Torres’ grieving relatives discovered they had someone else’s ashes when an ID coin didn’t match, the 74-year-old woman’s daughter-in-law told KRQE-TV.

But by then, the family who had mistakenly been given Torres’ remains had already spread most of her ashes, Amy Salazar told the station.

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The other family returned what was left, she added.

“It had weeds, a bug, dirt — and so we don’t know how much of it is my mother-in-law,” Salazar told the outlet.

The reported mix-up happened when arrangements for Torres, who died last month, were handled

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