US woman Sharolyn Jackson turns up alive 13 days after funeral, burial of look-alike

Updated: 24 Aug 2013
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Sharolyn Jackson
Sharolyn Jackson was found alive 13 days after her family thought they buried her body.
Sharolyn Jackson
Family thought they buried Jackson after her son and a social worker who knew the woman identified a body found in West Philadelphia.
Dave Minnie
Dave Minnie, father of Sharolyn Jackson, said family had just begun to accept his daughter’s death when she turned up alive at a psychiatric hospital.
Thirteen days after a Philadelphia woman was buried, she rose from the dead.

A funeral was held for Sharolyn Jackson, 50, after a body matching the woman’s description was found on 59th and Spruce streets last month, KYW-TV reported.

"I had to call my wife and give her the sad news over the phone that they had just found our daughter dead,” Jackson’s father, Dave Minnie, told the news station.

But then, the stunned family learned that Jackson turned up in a psychiatric facility — nearly two weeks after the woman’s Aug. 3 burial.

"You feel that you’re just about to get over it, that she’s dead — and then (her son) comes here with the news that she’s alive,” Minnie said.

"We were happy that our daughter was alive, but we were also unhappy on account of the person that we buried.”

Jackson was declared dead after her son and a social worker who knows the woman identified her body, officials and family said.

Minnie said workers with the city’s medical examiner showed the pair black and white pictures of the dead woman.

"It looked like Sharol, so (her son) said that was her,” Minnie said.

Once a death certificate was issued, the family held a funeral and buried the woman in a Trenton, NJ, cemetery.

But then they got a call that Jackson showed up in a psychiatric hospital on Aug. 16 — causing officials to question who was actually buried early this month.

A spokesperson with the Philadelphia Health Department said that officials are seeking an order to exhume the unknown body to identify the woman.

'(Jackson’s) alive, we’re happy about that,” Minnie said. “Happy for her, but sad for the mother that’s missing her daughter.”


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