Detroit woman's body unidentified at morgue for 6 months

Family wants to know why it took so long to identify woman's body

DETROIT - For Jemiah Gunter the past six months have brought the worst days of her life.

Her mother, 47-year-old Evelyn Gunter, left her home March 10. Family members say she went to run errands, but the General Motors worker never returned.

"Wondering where she's been every day, night. My son can't hardly go to school," Jemiah said. "We searched ... we went through vacant houses, everything."

Two days later on March 12, Gunter's body was found in a garage on Detroit's west side. However, no one knew it was the missing mother. Police sources tell Local 4 Gunter's body was burned beyond recognition. Therefore, she became a Jane Do and was taken to the Medical Examiner's Office.

Meanwhile, her family was still desperately searching for answers. Three months later, the family attended a Missing In Michigan event at which Gunter's sister gave Michigan State Police DNA.

Weeks went by and results finally came back Aug. 28. Jemiah says she got the call on Sept. 10. The charred body found six months ago was her mother's and it had been at the morgue the entire time.

"I immediately, I just started screaming. Really it's unacceptable," she said.

Jemiah wants to know why it took so long. Most of all, she wants to know who killed her mother and why.

Meanwhile, the family gave Evelyn Gunter the farewell she deserves.

"Just like she used to tell me how she wanted it. Pink everything, and that's what it was. Pink flowers everywhere. Pink casket. It was beautiful," Jemiah said.

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