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.