In a shocking incident, the body of a paratrooper who died in police detention more than a decade ago has been found in a mortuary. What that means is that his family buried the wrong body.
Christopher Alder, 37, was strangled while handcuffed on the floor of a Hull police station on April 1, 1998. An inquest revealed that officers "partially dragged and partially carried" him to the police station after finding him unconscious in the back of the police van. They believed he was "play acting or asleep" and cracked jokes. Five officers were cleared of homicide and misconduct over his death.
According to The Independent, Alder's sister, Janet, has spent more than a decade seeking justice for her brother.
The Hull City Council has launched an investigation into the affair, after finding that Alder's body was lying where that of Grace Kamara, 77, should have been. Kamara died of natural causes in 1999.
"I was made aware of a situation relating to the body of a man, who was in his late 30s, located in the city mortuary. The body lay in place of where Grace Kamara had been recorded as resting. At the moment I cannot explain this," said Nicola Yates, the Chief Executive of the city council, in a statement released Friday.
"I am appalled and distraught at what I have learned and in conjunction with Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, we will be undertaking a thorough review of the circumstances surrounding the events," she added.