A Washington state agency says a funeral home worker's failure to immediately attach ID bracelets to the bodies of two men who died at the same hospice caused the mix-up that led to one man's body ending up in a casket at the other man's funeral.
The state Department of Licensing plans to fine Dahl McVicker Funeral Home of Kelso, Wash., $12,500 and place it on probation for a year for the mix-up last October.
The Chronicle of Centralia reports that Licensing spokeswoman Christine Anthony said Dahl McVicker was served with the findings last week and has 20 days to appeal.
Ken Dahl, president of Dahl McVicker, was not immediately reachable by phone Monday night.
The bodies of 72-year-old Jerry Moon of Castle Rock and 97-year-old Robert Petitclerc of Kelso were misidentified. As a result Moon was cremated, while Petitclerc's body was found inside the casket at Moon's funeral in Chehalis.