Airport Mix-up Sends Wrong Body to South Carolina Funeral Home

Published 05/09 2013 04:20PM

Updated 05/09 2013 04:22PM

(WIS)  He spent much of his life in New York state, but at heart, Purdy Walker was always a South Carolina kind of guy.

Unfortunately, at 68 years old, Walker would lose a battle with cancer. He had one but one last request: to be buried in the Palmetto State.

But getting back home turned into something Walker's family didn't believe could happen.

Latasha Crumpton, Walker's niece, says her uncle's body was supposed to be flown from New York to Columbia. Only that didn't quite happen, according to the funeral home director.

"When he said it was a body switched, I just couldn't believe it," Crumpton said. "I've never heard of that before. Never. And actually he said, in all of his years doing this, he's never had this happen before ever." 

Crumpton says the body of Stanley Williams ended up at the funeral home instead of her uncle.

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