A MORTICIAN working in one mortuary in Delta State has been arrested by the police over the missing corpse of a 58-year old woman, Mrs Patience Amughoro, deposited in the hospital mortuary.
Mrs Amughoro was said to have died last year after a brief illness and her corpse kept in a mortuary in Oghara.
The family had planned to bury her on February 20, 2021, but were shocked when on Saturday morning after preparations, they arrived at the mortuary to find the body missing
A member of the family ,Okiemute,, who spoke to the press, said that the mortician had earlier presented a body to the family and on close observation, they had found out the body was not Mrs Amughoro’s own, “that was when he (the morgue attendant) began pacing up and down looking for the body, that was when he told us that the body was missing.
“We were shocked. There was no explanation. We had made arrangements to give our auntie a good send-off, and it hurts that we don’t have the body,” Okiemute said, adding that they had reported to the police.
Another member of Okiemute”s family who craved anonymity said, “we were surprise that a whole dead body should go missing from mortuary, I have never heard of corpse developing legs and leaving the mortuary.
“Madam Amughoro died last year after a brief illness, she was kept in the mortuary while her children and relatives continued their plan to commit her to mother earth but on Saturday. After the canopies and chairs were arranged and even grave dug, they went to the hospital morgue only to find out that the body of their mother was missing, as I speak to you they have arrested the mortuary attendant, “he said.
“We have been puzzled by the turn of events, the disappearance of her body is tormenting my family,” Kobiruo, a relative of the deceased said yesterday.
The hospital management declined comment on the issue.