A family was both excited and horrified when Sharolyn Jackson showed up alive in a hospital after weeks of being missing.
According to a USA Today article, it was because they had already buried and had a service for someone they believed to be her.
Jackson went missing earlier in the year and her family was distraught about what could have happened to her.
So when paramedics found a dead woman in Philadelphia who looked just like her, the family assumed that the story was over.
Her son and a social worker identified the body from photos the hospital gave them.
"There was really a strong resemblance, a really strong resemblance," her mother Carrie Minney told reporters.
The family buried the body on August 3 with little incident, except that the nose looked a bit peculiar. They chalked it up to the embalming process and continued the service.
A couple of weeks later, a woman who turned out to be the real 50-year-old Jackson turned up alive in a Philadelphia hospital.
Finger print records showed that she was indeed the real woman and that the person buried was not Minney’s daughter.
"If someone comes in and they're a family member and say, 'That's my mom,' that's generally good enough," Philadelphia Departmend of Health spokesman James Garrow said in the report.
The body that the family will be exhumed to find out who the woman is really was.
A story like this is bizarre, but not uncommon.
Two bodies in California were swapped and given to different families in May. When the first family disagreed on the identity, it was told that the embalming process was to blame for the facial differences.
It was only when a second family complained that the mortuary realized the mistake.