A FAMILY is seeking answers about the whereabouts of their loved one’s remains, who have been missing for three years after being shipped by FedEx to a testing center.
Jeffrey Merriweather, 32, was last seen alive on June 12, 2019, driving in an SUV in Atlanta when someone opened fire.
His family reported him missing ten days later, and his nearly skeletal remains were discovered in an abandoned house on Pecan Drive in Atlanta.
Merriweather’s body, which weighed just 34 pounds, was sent to the Fulton County Coroner’s Office, which was trying to figure out how his body became a nearly complete skeleton in less than two weeks.
“Since he was partially skeletal, we were unable to determine a cause of death,” Jan Gorniak, Fulton County’s chief medical examiner at the time, told WSB-TV 2 at the time.
A county pathologist asked a St. Louis-based coroner to conduct a deeper trauma analysis and arranged for the remains to be shipped, per Journal Constitution.
A FedEx receipt obtained from the branch showed that Merriweather’s remains were placed in an 8 x 6 x 14 box and shipped from its Austell, Georgia depot on July 5, 2019.
However, the crate never arrived at its destination in St. Louis and has not been seen since.
According to the National Funeral Directors Association, only the US Postal Service can legally ship human remains and must follow strict protocols.
FedEx referred to its user manual, which states such shipments are prohibited and says the service should never have taken place.
“Shipments of this type are prohibited within the FedEx network,” a spokesman told the Journal.
FAMILY LOOKING FOR ANSWERS
Meanwhile, Merriweather’s family is still searching for answers, three years after the package containing their loved one’s remains was delivered.
“This is my child and I don’t know what happened,” Merriweather’s father told the Huffington Post.
“In my opinion, it’s like my son was thrown away and no one is held responsible for a human body being thrown away like that.”
Gorniak said in 2019 that her office is reviewing the guidelines to ensure no other bodies are lost.
Merriweather’s mother, who said she hasn’t heard a word from the medical examiner since her son’s body disappeared, wondered if there had been any reforms.
“What are you changing?” said Kathleen Merriweather.
“I want to see your changes. I want to see what you’ve changed from the day you put my son in a regular box and put him on FedEx compared to what you’re doing now.
“He’s in pieces,” she said of her son. “Just like my family.”
Merriweather left three children.
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