Family sue funeral home for £64million after ‘wrong man’ in father’s coffin

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A family have filed a lawsuit for £64million with a funeral home after claiming that the body inside the buried coffin was not their father.

Spenser Tillman has insisted for the last six months that the service at Lawrence E. Moon Funeral Home in Pontiac buried a body that was not his father.

The service, held at Perry Mount Park Cemetery, shocked Spenser and his siblings, who knew right away that it was not their 64-year-old father, Larry Tillman.

Spenser said: "I'm just still in shock that something like this could happen and they haven't owned up to it.

"It wasn't our father, so at that point, you're in shock like – that's not our father. You keep telling them it's not our father and they're not listening.

"We tried everything we could – I want people to know that.

"We did try to stop the funeral – we tried to warn them several times – this is not my father. They didn't listen – they're still not listening to this day."

The Tillman family are hoping a lawsuit against the funeral home will make them listen. With a £56million lawsuit for malicious fraud, gross negligence and intentional infliction of emotional distress along with a further £8million in damages.

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Attorney Kamala Sessoms, a representitive for Spenser Tillman, said: "This is really not about the money – it's really about the emotional distress that Spenser, his family, his siblings have had to go through."

Sessoms says her office has attempted to contact and get answers from Moon Funeral Home, but a response is yet to be given.

An investigation by Michigan's Licensing Board is still ongoing and has been since June. Spenser has also had to contact the morgue himself to get a photo proving the body at Moon Funeral Home was not Larry Tillman.

Sessoms added: "He called, he emailed, he sent them the photos that the medical examiner's office sent them – and they adamantly deny that there was any mix-up.

In trying to get a photo of his father, Spenser said: "When I spoke to Moon himself the day after, when I had to get the morgue photo myself, he had the insensitivity to say to me 'Doesn't he look better?'

"We still don't know where my father is."

The attorney for Moon Funeral Home issued a statement saying: "The allegations are false, malicious and not true. We investigated allegations and absolutely not true."

Tillman and his attorney believe otherwise and say they might have to petition the health department to have the remains exhumed and tested.

Spenser said: "There's absolutely no doubt that the person in that casket was not Larry Tillman – was not our father."

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