Jared McPherson was killed in a horrific, fiery crash Saturday, and when his sister visited the site, she claims found human remains.
According to Jared McPherson's grieving sister, Karissa McPherson, when she and his fiancé, Candice Amizich, visited the crash site Tuesday afternoon, they were shocked to find human remains. Karissa said she wanted to visited the place where her brother was killed, along the northbound lanes of Interstate 255 in Illinois.
However, while there, they saw something even more disturbing than the remnants of the crash that killed Jared McPherson. The two women allegedly found a skull and hands belonging to one of the victims.
"I just kind of melted down and that's when I picked up his hands. I just lost it," the distraught woman said. Now, the family is demanding answers from the St. Clair County Coroner's office.
Jared McPherson, 25, and co-worker Brian Lee Hubbs, 37, were on their way from a painting job to McPherson's home, sometime after 4 p.m. Saturday, when their truck left the road, struck a tree, and then caught on fire. Both men were killed, according to the Belleville News-Democrat.
Amizich says they are heartbroken at what they saw at the scene of the crash that killed Jared McPherson and claims the scene looked like no one cared. The women buried the remains and marked them with car parts.
"We didn't know what to do and we didn't want to leave him there. So we gave it a proper burial. We are heartbroken that we had to deal with this on top of everything else. They treated him like a dead animal on the side of the road. They disrespected him and his dignity.When Karissa went home and told her father, Mike, what they had seen, he immediately called the coroner's office to demand answers.
They just left it (the site) as is."
"I am so angry. If two girls could go up there and find that, why couldn't they? The coroner is the one responsible for the scene until they took that crime scene tape down. I feel like heads should roll for this."St. Clair County Coroner Rick Stone says the bodies suffered from third and fourth-degree burns and then were hit with the power of extinguishers from the fire department when rescue teams attempted to extricate Jared McPherson from the vehicle. These circumstances would have made it difficult for firefighters and investigators to see whether something was left behind. Moreover, Stone says two firefighters were overcome and became ill at the sight of the bodies.
"Obviously, we want to take care of the bodies. There was a lot of debris and this was overlooked by everyone."Jared McPherson's father says he wants to get through his son's funeral, scheduled for Friday, and then deal with how something like this could have happened.
"I feel for the family. Truly, my heart does go out to them. Obviously, we wouldn't have wanted to miss anything," Stone said.
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