Troubleshooters: Bodies lost at Feasterville cemetery

Thursday, August 24, 2017 02:17PM
Wendy Saltzman reports on the gruesome allegations that a cemetery has lost bodies.

PHILADELPHIA - In January of 2016, Action News first uncovered the gruesome allegations that White Chapel Memorial Park, located in Feasterville, Bucks County, had lost the body of beloved mother Mary Pattishaw.

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Pattishaw's casket was eventually dug up and recovered dozens of feet away from the spot where her tombstone had been laid.

"Finally, my mother is where she is supposed to be," Lyl Bennett, daughter of Mary Pattishaw, said.

But that nightmare was relived by another family, one year later.

Janese Littles Brown was so certain the same cemetery lost the body of her son, Aaron Walker, that after contacting Action News, she says she paid about $10,000 to have his corpse exhumed.

"Get to digging, cause you're going to be digging Aaron Walker up, we going to be doing a DNA and that's how I'm going to know that's my child," Littles Brown told White Chapel officials.

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Action News was there when White Chapel exhumed the body of the person they said was in Aaron Walker's grave in June.

We asked cemetery owner Dotti Nix how certain she was that the body was Aaron Walker and what exactly was happening at the cemetery. She refused to answer our questions.

Her son and grave digger, Maurice Clark, shoved us and pushed off questions about another lost body at his cemetery.

"Maurice, people have to dig up their loved ones body to get DNA?" we asked.

Clark responded, "Because people are retarded like you all."

As she awaited the DNA results, Janese Littles Brown was certain she knew what the outcome would be.

"They dug up somebody else's body so when the test results come back then he will know and the whole world will know," Littles Brown said.

The results were in. ARC Labs of Doylestown found the DNA from the exhumed body was "not consistent" with the DNA of Brown's deceased son Aaron.

"I wasn't surprised at all because I already knew," Littles Brown said.

Littles Brown says the cemetery is refusing to take back the body they dug up, and she has filed a lawsuit to force them to find her son.

"I refuse to put a tombstone down on somebody else's grave," Littles Brown said.

For now, Littles Brown says she has no closure and no peace, knowing that the cemetery continues to operate, and not knowing if she will ever find her son.

"I can't rest, I am not going to rest until I get to the bottom of what happened with my son's remains," Littles Brown said.

Action News Troubleshooters contacted White Chapel's owner Dotti Nix again. She said neither her nor her attorneys would speak with us because the matter is now in litigation.

It's unknown whose body the cemetery actually dug up. It is still lying at the funeral home. And a third family likely has no idea that their loved one is now missing.
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