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. So nice for you all to treat this as comedy. Meanwhile his family, friends & colleagues mourn. Hey go ahead laugh it was no one you knees, right?

  2. Bruce Edwin Lee | June 30, 2017 at 2:40 am | Reply

    Who takes a nap in a crematorium??????????????????

  3. Something just doesn’t sound right on this; and I think it needs to be fully investigated as a possible homicide. I don’t care how tired the guy was; he didn’t sleep through the cart ride and dump into the oven. And he would have been dressed for work; a dead accident victim would NOT have been; and there would have been difference between dead prepped bodies and a fully clothed sleeping body. I don’t know in any way shape or fashion how this could have been an accident. This was clearly a murder.

  4. Shaunda Gilbert | June 29, 2017 at 11:45 am | Reply

    Why would you sleep on a stretcher anyway, that’s where they keep the stiffs, I would have put my head down on the table, and just would have gotten written up by my supervisor.

  5. You’re all a bunch of sensitive people. ….

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