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'Dead' woman turns up alive almost two weeks after funeral

Aug. 23, 2013 at 1:23 AM

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 23 (UPI) -- A body found on a Philadelphia street was wrongly identified as a woman who had been reported missing but who has since turned up alive, officials said.

Sharolyn Jackson's family mourned her at a funeral Aug. 3, KYW-TV in Philadelphia reported. Then last week, they learned the 50-year-old woman was at a psychiatric facility in the city.

Officials do not know whose body was interred at Colonial Memorial Park in Trenton, N.J. They plan to apply for an exhumation order.

A Philadelphia Health Department official said the body, found July 20, was released for burial after a social worker and Jackson's son identified her. But Jackson's father told KYW his grandson said he was given a black-and-white photo for the identification.

All that is known of the unidentified woman is that she died of natural causes.

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