Dad receives phone call from son after believing he was dead

A man, who believed that his son was dead, received a call from him 11 days after he buried a misidentified body.

Frank J Kerrigan (82) from Wildomar, CA, was told that a body of a man was found dead at a Verizon store in Fountain Valley, was that of his son.

However, 11 days after his funeral, a friend called to alert Frank that his son was alive.

Doug Easton, an attorney hired by Kerrigan, said the coroner's officials weren't able to match the corpse's fingerprints through a law enforcement database and instead identified Kerrigan using an old driver's license photo.

Mr. Kerrigan said:

''When somebody tells me my son is dead, when they have fingerprints, I believe them''.

Hi son, Frank M Kerrigan, is mentally ill and has been living on the streets. He has since returned to the streets, unaware of all that has happened.

The funeral cost a whopping $20,000 and Mr. Kerrigan looked at his 'son' in the casket and stroked his hair.

Franks sister, Carole Meikle, said the mistaken death identification led the federal government to stop disability payments for her brother.

According to the Irish Independent, the Orange County Sheriff's Department is conducting an internal investigation into the mix-up and all fingerprint identification and procedures will be reviewed, and investigated.

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