Cyprus Mail

Police investigating case of mistaken remains

State pathologist Sofoklis Sofokleous

A family that was expecting to bury a relative who died in South Africa in 1958 ended up with the remains of someone who died only three or four years ago, police have said,

According to police spokesman, Andreas Angelides the deceased Greek Cypriot man’s nephew, who arranged for his uncle’s remains to be transported from Pretoria to Cyprus so that he could bury him here, said the remains he received were not those of his uncle but those of a more recently deceased person.

“The remains were examined by two state pathologists, Sofoklis Sofokleous and Nicolas Charalambous, and they verified that they were indeed the remains of someone that passed away three or four years ago,” Angelides said.

The police spokesman said the force was working in close cooperation with the Cyprus embassy in South Africa to find out what went wrong.

“We are investigating to find out if there was a mistake and what happened,” Angelides said.

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