Man Finally Buried After Earlier Funeral With Wrong Body

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Posted at 6:43 AM, Feb 23, 2015
and last updated 2015-02-23 02:40:30-05

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - Relatives of a Blythe man whose body was left in a state crime lab after a mix-up has finally been buried in Augusta.

A coroner says the mistake at the state crime lab in Decatur led the family of Johnny Morgan Lowe III to bury the wrong man during a closed-casket funeral in December.

Burke County Coroner Susan Salemi said the lab didn't return Lowe's body back to east Georgia after an autopsy. She said Louie Caldwell of Clayton County was mistakenly buried by relatives who thought they were laying Lowe to rest.

Lowe's sister-in-law Barbara Lowe tells The Augusta Chronicle ( that Lowe was buried Saturday at Hillcrest Memorial Park in Augusta.

Georgia Bureau of Investigation officials have said the agency planned to retrieve Caldwell's body and pay for Lowe's burial.