Stranger In The Casket

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POSTED: Tuesday, January 14, 2014 - 8:00pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, January 14, 2014 - 8:09pm

Death on overseas vacation ends with wrong remains at funeral home viewing. Brian Crandall reports.

(WJAR) Lisa Kondvar is not only dealing with the loss of her mom, but a monumental mistake, too.

"They sent us the wrong body," Kondvar says.

Kondvar was on an annual Thanksgiving family vacation with her siblings and their mother, Margaret Porkka, in St. Maarten in the Caribbean.

Margaret died while on the trip.

"I'm in shock. I'm still in shock," Kondvar said.

But then insult was added to the grief.

Lisa says her family wasn't allowed to see the body at the funeral home in St. Maarten and then the funeral home wanted $7000 to release the body.

After more than a week, a body was flown to New Jersey, where Porkka lived.

But at the funeral home there, the family realized something was terribly wrong when they saw the open casket.

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