Body of Para Christopher Alder, lay in mortuary for TEN years
7th November 2011
The body of a Falklands war veteran who died in police custody has been discovered in a mortuary more than a decade after he was apparently buried.
The family of ex-paratrooper Christopher Alder, 37, thought they had given him a dignified burial in 2000 after he died in horrific circumstances in a police cell two years earlier.
But his devastated sister, Janet, was yesterday informed that her brother’s body was still in a mortuary – and detectives now believe a woman, named as Grace Kamara, may have been buried in his place.
They have asked for Mr Alder’s family’s permission to exhume the buried body to positively identify it. Last night, Miss Alder, 49, said: ‘I’m in shock. This is an absolutely disgusting situation.
‘[Police] told me that in 1999 a woman called Grace Kamara, who was about 60, died from a heart attack. She was kept in deep freeze because her family, who all live in Nigeria, were asking for repatriation.’
Miss Kamara was finally due to be buried in Sheffield last Friday. A friend asked to inspect her body on the day of her funeral, but when they arrived at the mortuary, they found Mr Alder in her place.
- Christopher Alder: police to exhume body of woman buried in grave (guardian.co.uk)
- Police probe over mortuary mix-up (mirror.co.uk)
- Body Mix-Up Was Hidden, Claims Brother (news.sky.com)