Rhode Island woman finds wrong body in mother's casket
WARWICK, R.I. — A Rhode Island woman wants answers after discovering the wrong body in a casket that should have contained her mother, who died unexpectedly in St. Maarten.
The Providence Journal reports Lisa Kondvar, of Warwick, discovered another woman's body in the casket last month. Her mother's body had been prepared at a St. Maarten funeral home.
The family believes Margaret Porkka's body was confused with that of a Canadian woman who died on the island around the same time. They think Porkka's body was cremated in Ottawa. Kondvar says the family wants to know for sure.
U.S. Sen. Jack Reed's spokesman says his office is working with State Department officials to help the family get answers.
St. Maarten is part of the Netherlands. It shares a Caribbean island with St. Martin, a French dependency.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
- Unlike years past, strength of 2014 Steelers could be offense
- Wedding aboard Pittsburgh’s Gateway Clipper ends in arrests
- Steelers Lookahead: Previewing Sunday’s game vs. Cleveland
- Campus visit sells 4-star Ohio recruit Hall on Panthers
- Love locks tokens fall prey to renovations on Pittsburgh bridges
- Steelers notebook: Polamalu made 1st-time captain; Roethlisberger named for offense
- Housing market remains ‘disaster’ in Westmoreland County
- Pa. judge identified who denied Trib request to view sexually explicit emails circulated in AG’s Office
- Pirates notebook: Sanchez returns to Bucs in offensive slump
- Nearing 25 years together, WPXI anchors Johnson, Finnegan defy odds
- Boston College football coach Addazio can’t get enough of the game