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At Wake, Family Views Wrong Body; Funeral Home Accidentally Cremated Their Loved One

State police and public health officials are investigating a local funeral home after it apparently cremated the remains of the wrong person.

Aurelie Germaine Tuccillo, 95, was to be buried Wednesday at Calvary Cemetery in Waterbury, following her funeral at St. Anthony's Church in Prospect.

But when Tuccillo's family arrived at Buckmiller Brothers Funeral Home on Route 69 Tuesday night for Tuccillo's wake, they discovered what appeared to be a different person lying in the casket, state police said. The wake went forward as scheduled, from 6 to 8 p.m.

According to a police incident report, Daniel Tuccillo, the son of Aurelie Tuccillo, called state police at 9:13 p.m. and troopers went to the funeral home, where they determined that Tuccillo's mother had been cremated accidentally and a different body put in the Tuccillo coffin.

Lt. J. Paul Vance, a state police spokesman, sa

Added: Dec-31-2009 Occurred On: Dec-30-2009
By: wet501
Tags: funeral home, cremation, dead, opps, mistake
Location: Prospect, Connecticut, United States (load item map)
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