Orange County coroner identifies man mistakenly buried; wants to talk with family – Orange County Register

A man mistakenly buried by a grieving family after a blunder by the Orange County Coroner’s Office has been positively identified through fingerprints, authorities said Monday.

However, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, which includes the Coroner, declined to release the man’s name.

“The Coroner Division is attempting to locate and notify family,” Sheriff’s Department Lt. Lane Lagaret said in a prepared statement. “Until his family can be found or all efforts are exhausted, his body will remain interred at Holy Sepulcher Cemetery.”

Such precautions might have prevented the mistaken death notice received last month by Frank J. Kerrigan, of Wildomar, who on May 6 was told that his son, Frank M. Kerrigan, had been found dead behind a Verizon store in Fountain Valley. The elder Kerrigan and family held a $20,000 funeral in Orange for the younger Kerrigan, who is homeless. However, 11 days after the funeral, the younger Kerrigan, 57, turned up alive at the home of a friend, stunning his family.

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