A mother said Saturday she got an anonymous call that her son was dead and that the coroner planned to release his body to someone she does not know.
The family of Albert Capps (pictured), 41, spent hours on the phone after the Friday call trying to confirm the information and hours wondering why his next of kin was not notified, 6News' Cheryl Jackson reported.
Capps' family said he was a member of white supremacist groups the Ku Klux Klan and Aryan Nation.
Late Saturday, Capps' mother, Laura Pickering, and sister, Grace Moran, were told by Capps' friends that his body was released to a funeral home and that Capps' plan was to have his body cremated, with the remains given to the Klan, something the family intends to fight.
Laura Pickering said the woman who called to tell her of Capps' death said that she was there when he died. Capps had recently called his mother.
"He said, 'I've got three to six months to live and I'll see you in heaven,'" Pickering said. "That's the last I heard from him."
The Marion County Coroner's Office confirmed that Capps died in a home on Indianapolis' southwest side on Dec. 29. His sister, Grace Moran, called the office to get information.
"She checked and said, 'Yes, we have him and he has been here a week.' I said, 'How do I claim his body?' and she said, 'Somebody else has already claimed him,'" Moran said. "She said a cousin. I said, 'He don't have no cousins. We are his immediate family.'"
Moran said she tried to convince the woman on the phone that she was part of Capps' immediate family.
"I just don't know what do now. My fear is that I am going to get down to that morgue ... and he is going to be gone and I am not going to know who's got him," Moran said.
Saturday, January 05, 2008
More Strange Happenings At Marion Co. Coroner's Office
Imagine receiving an anonymous phone call telling you that your son died a week ago. Then imagine contacting the coroner's office to confirm whether your son had in fact died and being told, yes, he had been at the coroner's office for a week. When you ask to claim your son, the coroner's office tells that you can't claim his body because it has been claimed by someone else. And you later learn your son's body has been taken to a local funeral home where his body will be cremated and his ashes turned over to the Ku Klux Klan. Believe it or not, it happened this past week right here in Marion County. WRTV's Cheryl Jackson reports: