originally by: This is Hull & East Riding
published: 30th December 2011
Northen Ireland’s top pathologist is being asked to carry out DNA tests to confirm the identity of Christopher Alder. Mr Alder’s body was discovered in the Hull Royal Infirmary mortuary 11 years after he should have been buried.
Although his family held a funeral for him in 2000, a mortuary mix-up is believed to have led to the body of Grace Kamara, 77, being buried in Christopher’s grave. Now, Mr Alder’s family have asked that Professor Jack Crane, the state pathologist for Northern Ireland, carries out the tests.
South Yorkshire Police, which is carrying out a criminal investigation into the scandal, is understood to have agreed to the family’s wishes to approach Professor Crane.
Mr Alder’s sister Janet said: “We made a request to the police for an expert of our choice to carry out the DNA tests. We asked that Professor Crane does it and South Yorkshire Police has agreed to approach him. As a family, we are happy this is happening.”
Meanwhile, Janet is urging authorities to do all they can to speed up the investigation.