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Woman turns up alive after N.J. funeral

PHILADELPHIA — Several weeks after she had been reported missing and thirteen days after her family thought they had laid her to rest, Sharolyn Jackson showed up, alive, at a Philadelphia hospital.

The 50-year-old woman’s reappearance on Aug. 16 came nearly two weeks after her family attended her viewing, funeral, and burial in New Jersey. They had noted that Jackson’s nose looked thinner. But they figured something had happened to it during the embalming process.

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Jackson was reported missing around the time that paramedics took a woman who had been found lying in a Philadelphia street to a hospital, where she died July 20. One of Jackson’s sons and a social worker at Horizon House, where her mother said she had been receiving treatment for drug and mental health problems, viewed pictures of the dead woman’s body and made the identification.

Philadelphia officials plan to exhume the buried body in hopes of correctly identifying it.

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