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.

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

  1. Nurses, doctors, and firefighters all work very long hours and may need to take a nap if they can. Maybe he had worked 16 hours and was scheduled for another shift.

  2. I’m suspicious of the mistake. There is a difference appearance wise between someone napping and a deceased car crash victim.

  3. This day in time you don’t have to be dressed to be cremated,it use to be that you had to to be dressed all that has changed,just went through that.

  4. This calls for a huge lawsuit.Against. the Morgue. Improper training,Led up to the death of a employee cremated while sleeping on the job.

  5. Lynn Henderson | March 24, 2017 at 2:04 am | Reply

    How can anyone make such light of this. A horrible mistake which makes me feel quilty and I know no one involved.

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