The police announce to parents the death of their son… who is very much alive

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Police inform parents of the death of their son... who is alive and well

Donna Price had a range of emotions when she learned that her 29-year-old son had been found dead in a public restroom in Moncton, only to discover that the RCMP had been wrong.

Donna Price says she hopes an eventual RCMP lawsuit will help prevent another family from going through the same trauma.< /p>

Hurt, traumatized and insulted, a couple from Dieppe, New Brunswick intends to launch a lawsuit against the RCMP for an error that caused them to sink into the worst nightmare that parents can live.

On the night of Monday to Tuesday, members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) in New Brunswick knocked on the door of Donna and David Price to give them terrible news.

Donna Price's adult son had just been found dead, police said. No doubt possible: they had positively identified the deceased.

On Tuesday morning, relatives and friends came to the Price home to offer their support to the devastated couple. The very elderly grandparents received the terrible phone call informing them of the disappearance.

Despite the pain and shock, the parents had no other choice than to start preparing the funeral arrangements.

Then, workers from the coroner's office made a startling discovery when they visited the son's house on Tuesday afternoon , to collect certain articles and documents that the coroner needed.

The apparently dead man was there, in flesh and blood and very much alive.

The man who was, wrongly , declared dead is not named. His family has made it known through his lawyer that they do not wish to reveal his name in order to protect him from public attention.

This is a blatant case of police negligence that causes heartache. Worse, it's a case of indifference to those in lower economic class, says Brian Murphy, the attorney representing Donna and David Price.

Donna and David Price intend to sue the RCMP for negligence. At the same time, they will take action before the Civilian Review and Complaints Commission for the RCMP.

Lawyer Brian Murphy is representing the Price family in this case. (Archives)

A press release from the law firm Forté mentions Friday that the deceased was found Monday evening in a facility of the City of Moncton. That evening, a man was found dead in a public restroom near City Hall. Earlier in the day, this man had survived an overdose at the premises of an organization that helps homeless people.

These circumstances played a role and add to the odiousness of the case, according to the family lawyer.

“If it had been a distinguished, well-dressed individual found in the same location, we all know they would have been more careful.

— Mr. Brian Murphy, attorney for Donna and David Price

Obviously, argues the lawyer, the RCMP did not bother to confirm the identity of the deceased with his relatives or to use reliable methods such as fingerprints , or even a DNA test.

Beyond the grotesque error, Donna and David Price are furious with the RCMP's response when officers were confronted with their mistake.

When the Prices contacted police on Tuesday after learning that their son was alive and well, the RCMP member who answered the phone reportedly initially stood with them, insisting that their son was not killed. #x27;wasn't really alive.

The police force then sent the Prices to the coroner's office since it was no longer their problem, according to the family lawyer . No one at the RCMP has apologized for anything, says the Dieppe couple.

An RCMP police station in Moncton

Office workers coroner's apologies and were very helpful, the Prices say. They explained that they have to act on the information given to them by the police.

Two other RCMP members attended the Price home in Dieppe. To the mother and stepfather, they explained that they made a visual identification of the deceased and thought they recognized their son, of whom they had a photo in their files. They claimed it was a regrettable but understandable mistake.

The family disagrees.

“The whole experience was traumatic. The grief and shock, having to inform our loved ones, combined with the RCMP's arrogance and lack of empathy, is too much for us.

— Donna Price

The complete lack of remorse or apology, their condescending and arrogant assumptions about our son and the person who actually died are so insulting, indignant the father-in-law, David Price.

According to the attorney handling the case, family members were traumatized and some sought psychological and medical help this week.

Donna Price also has a thought for the person who died and for those who loved him. We are sad for the loved ones of this person, she says. Ms. Price deplores the time lost, which should have been spent by the police in correctly identifying the deceased and in making arrangements with his family.

Despite the emotions of this week, the Price wanted to offer their sincere condolences to the loved ones of this person.

A lawsuit against the RCMP will be filed, the law firm representing the couple said on Friday.

The RCMP in New Brunswick believes it would be inappropriate to comment as this matter may soon be the subject of legal proceedings. The New Brunswick RCMP is aware of this matter and is in communication with family members regarding this situation related to their internal procedures.

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