Batesville funeral home now open after incident

Batesville funeral home now open after incident

BATESVILLE, AR (KAIT/KARK) - A Batesville funeral home is back in operation after a man was wrongfully cremated in October.

According to Little Rock NBC affiliate KARK, Willis Hays Funeral Service was issued a temporary suspension last week, after the funeral home claims the body of a veteran was incorrectly tagged by the VA.

The board said the mix-up happened on October 3. They claim the VA hospital had two bodies, one white and one black, and accidentally switched the men's identities.

The VA issued a statement saying, "This is absolutely unacceptable and heartbreaking. We are absolutely devastated and I have personally made contact with both families and apologized for the error."

The funeral home can remain open, but they are expected back for another hearing in February.

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