Mother looks for relief in mistaken-identity case

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. -- A Metro East mother soon hopes to get back the body of her son after it was mistakenly buried by another family, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Crews will disinter Kenny Stainback's body at a Millstadt cemetery so that Kathleen Beecher can hold a proper burial for him. Stainback was killed this month in East St. Louis. But Frederick McWherter Senior mistakenly identified the body as his son, who had gone missing. McWherter says the victim, who was shot three times in the head, looked like his son, right down to the missing front teeth. The mistake became clear a day after last week's funeral when Frederick McWherter Jr. called to tell his wife he was in a drug rehab center.

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