Morgue employee cremated by mistake while taking a nap

Beaumont, Texas | An employee of the Jefferson County morgue died this morning after being accidentally cremated by one of his coworkers.

According to the Beaumont Police Department, 48-year old Henri Paul Johnson decided to take a nap on a stretcher after working for sixteen hours straight.

While he was sleeping, another employee mistook him for the corpse of a 52-year-old car accident victim and carried him to the crematory.

Before anyone could notice the mistake, he had already been exposed to temperatures ranging between 1400 to 1800 degrees Fahrenheit and reduced to ashes.

Jenna Davis, one of Henri Johnson’s coworkers, says she heard him scream for about 15 seconds after the crematory was activated.

“At first, we didn’t understand where the sound was coming from. When we realised what was happening, it was too late. We shut down the heating system, but he was already dead.”

Ms. Davis claims that the young coworker who caused the accident was a new employee and had forgotten to check for the toe tag to make sure he had the right body.


Jenna Davis says she heard the victim scream in agony as the crematory was reducing him to ashes.

The police have opened an investigation to determine the exact circumstances surrounding Mr. Johnson’s death.

Investigators have not ruled out the possibility of filing criminal charges against the employee who caused his death.

The young man could possibly be accused of criminal negligence causing death.

15 Comments on "Morgue employee cremated by mistake while taking a nap"

  1. Are people normally cremated with clothes on or naked? Hmmmmm……

  2. OMG can you imagine being burned alive, yes I say there should be criminal charges against that employee new or not for his negligence in his job. A man is dead and a family is without a husband and father due to this negligence. His death was fast but not fast enough that he didn’t feel his body burning. Horrible, just horrible !!

  3. NOPE!!! You just CANNOT convince me that people DON’T RECONIZE their CO-WORKERS!!!!!!

  4. PATRICIA KEEFE-MIYAJI | March 3, 2017 at 4:51 pm | Reply


    • What part of the “pile of ashes” would they check?

    • Dnhook they mean the one who was supposed to be cremated was in a car wreck so the “corpse” would have injuries indicating this. The person accidentally killed didn’t have injuries.

    • Perry Mason | March 19, 2017 at 2:17 am |

      Jenna, stop and think about what you’re saying for a second. Dnhook is right here.

  5. this was no mistake idc who you are you would know he was alive and i wander why the man didnt wake up while he was beening rolled out i think that would have wake me up unless he was given a sedtive just saying at least 2nd degree murder there is more to this the wife pro involved

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