Washington state woman mistakenly told her daughter had been killed

March 21, 2014 1:57:53 PM PDT
A mother in Washington state was told her missing daughter was dead and spent days grieving, only to find out it was a mistake.

On Monday, Laura Baker was told her daughter, 24-year-old Samantha Kennedy, had been struck and killed by a vehicle on March 14. The victim had no identification.

Baker went to the medical examiner's office to see her daughter's body, but told that she couldn't. It was a day after the body was moved to a funeral home that she was told the dead woman was, in fact, not her daughter.

"This has been the worst three days of my life," said Laura Baker. "I told her seven-year-old daughter that she was dead."

But Baker insisted on going to the funeral home to see for herself.

"My sister went in with me holding my hand and we both screamed at the same time, 'It's not her,'" said Baker.

According to the medical examiner's office, the mistake was based on the description of a tattoo Kennedy had, a tattoo that was found on the deceased woman's body.

The deceased woman has been identified. Meanwhile, Kennedy is still missing.

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