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March 19, 2014 at 4:35 PM

Pierce County medical examiner misidentifies body

From The News Tribune

Lori Baker was at a Lakewood funeral home Wednesday preparing to bury her 24-year-old daughter when she asked to see the body, which she hadn’t been able to view since learning of her death Monday.

Baker got a surprise that left her both shocked and relieved.

“It wasn’t her,” Baker told The News Tribune. “It wasn’t my daughter.”

The Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office admitted Wednesday that it made a mistake in identifying the body of a woman who was killed when she was hit by a pickup in Spanaway last week.

A miscommunication between the hospital who reported the woman’s death to the Medical Examiner’s Office and “a misunderstanding involving several members of our staff” led the office to release the wrong name, Dr. Thomas Clark, the county’s medical examiner, said in a statement.

The woman who died was not Samantha Kennedy, as the office originally told media outlets and Kennedy’s family. The victim is in fact Jade Nicole Aubrey-Peterson, 25, a Pierce County resident, Clark said in his statement.

“We really regret that it happened,” he later told The News Tribune.

His office is changing its practices to try to avoid a similar mistake in the future, Clark said.

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