The medical examiner, Dr. Thomas Clark, says the victim had no identification. A local hospital reported the death to the medical examiner’s office. Clark says “a misunderstanding involving several members” of his staff led his office to identify the dead woman as Samantha Kennedy.
The News Tribune reports that Kennedy’s mother, Lori Baker, asked to see her 24-year-old daughter’s body Wednesday— and was both shocked and relieved to see the dead woman wasn’t her daughter. Baker says she has had only sporadic contact with her daughter in recent years.
Clark now says the dead woman is really 25-year-old Jade Aubrey-Peterson.
Clark says he regrets the error and his office is changing its practices to avoid a similar mistake in the future.
More Northwest Headlines
Seattle to pay $100,000 for geography student’s rough arrest Casey Kasem’s widow sued for wrongful death DNA links Kelso man to 2000 killing, may clear victim’s son EWU to name campus center for Native American activist 2,000 customers still affected by Spokane power outages Washington project ensures forest stores carbon for decades New wolf pack appears in Okanogan County Thousands in Washington to spend Thanksgiving in dark, cold
Our new comment system is not supported in IE 7. Please upgrade your browser here.