- Associated Press - Monday, February 13, 2017

SUPERIOR TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - Two sisters have filed a lawsuit against a Detroit cemetery organization after they were unable to locate their brother’s remains at the cemetery where they say he was laid to rest.

Isaac Dixon, 37, died in 2001. Dixon’s family said they buried him at Westlawn West Cemetery in Superior Township, the Ann Arbor News (https://bit.ly/2l0clEH ) reported.

But when Dixon’s family was unable to locate his headstone at the cemetery last August, his sisters Diane Brown and Rebecca Thomas filed a lawsuit against the defunct Westlawn Cemetery Association of Detroit, alleging breach of contract and unjust enrichment. The suit is seeking damages in excess of $25,000.

Westlawn Cemetery Association disbanded in 2006, but state law allows for a dissolved business to be sued like a currently incorporated business. The defendant was no longer in charge of the cemetery after 2002, but current owner Covenant Cemetery Services said it is working to help the family locate Dixon.

Covenant manager Michael Butts said none of the records his company inherited show Dixon was ever buried at that cemetery, which is now called Sunset Hills Cemetery under its new owner.

“There’s just zero records of it,” Butts said.

Thomas and Brown have documents from the funeral, including receipts for the body preparation, the headstone and memorial pamphlet for the church service. The sisters also said they know the body was buried at the cemetery because they attended a graveside service.

Butts said he thinks the family was so overwhelmed with grief that they buried Dixon in a different cemetery and forgot which one in the intervening 15 years.

“It’s sad because to this day, we don’t know where our brother’s remains are,” Thomas said.


Information from: The Ann Arbor News, https://www.mlive.com/ann-arbor

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