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RSS FeedsTwo missing men, one death - and a bizarre mystery
(The Star Religion)

 
 

14 october 2018 07:52:21

 
Two missing men, one death - and a bizarre mystery
(The Star Religion)
 




In August, a missing persons case seemed to come to a tragic conclusion when the body of a man, found without identification, was taken to a Toronto hospital. Police connected the body to the missing persons case and called his family. They identified the remains and held a funeral.This month, the man reappeared — alive.Police and the coroner are now wrestling with an awkward question: who was actually buried? Friends of Scott Cushnie suspect they know the answer. A musician who performed with Aerosmith and was known as “Professor Piano,” hasn’t been seen since the night of a devastating rainstorm. They believe he died accidentally in a fall and that his body was wrongly identified.“We are aware of an apparent misidentification of a person who is buried,” said Chief Coroner of Ontario Dirk Huyer. Authorities are now preparing to exhume the body.The strange case began when the body of the man was taken to hospital without a wallet or I.D. “Investigators took steps to identify him,” police said in an email. “A missing persons case was found and the family was contacted, who in turn positively identified the man. When he died he was released to his family and they made funeral arrangements.”Unless it is difficult to visually identify the person due to injuries or suspicious activity is involved, investigators typically have family members name unidentified people, Huyer said. Otherwise, they use dental records, fingerprints and DNA.“We would not be in a position to doubt or question a family when they provide that identity to us,” he said.Cushnie, 80, left his apartment near River St. and King St. E. on a stormy morning on Aug. 8 and is presumed to have fallen in the rain, according to speculation from friends. An ambulance was driving down the road and took the man to a hospital. “But he had no wallet, so no one knew who he was,” Peter Terrence Eric Jermyn, a friend of Cushnie, wro ...
 
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