Ericka Karner was having her home in San Francisco remodelled when a small casket was discovered. Inside the casket was the body of a young child who had been buried by loving parents. This was judged by the fact that she was dressed in a white christening robe and had boots on her feet. The body was very well preserved as were the flowers and petals that were found in her coffin.
It was discovered that the site had been a burial site. The bodies that had previously been there had been relocated to another cemetery in the 1920’s and somehow this small casket had been overlooked.
The medical examiner told Karner that the body was her responsibility. The reburial required a death certificate which would cost $7000. She felt that this was not her responsibility as it was an oversight that the child’s body was left behind.
According to the <Ail On Line the Garden of Innocence Project came to Karner’s rescue and undertook to get the body buried with dignity. This project involves itself whenever an unknown child needs burial. They also undertook to investigate and find her identity as there was nothing in the coffin to help them. They found the original plans of the old cemetery and discovered that her body was found where two adults were buried. They presumed these were her parents. DNA from her hair was compared to a possible relative and her identity as established – she was 2 year old Edith Cook who died in 1876.