Challenge to police over body mix-up investigation

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THE sister of a former paratrooper whose body was found in a morgue 11 years after he was supposed to have been buried has questioned the independence of the police investigation into the scandal.

The body of Christopher Alder, 37, was discovered in a mortuary in Hull on November 4 last year and it later emerged that Grace Kamara, a 77-year-old Nigerian woman, had been buried in his grave.

Mr Alder died in police custody in Hull on April 1, 1998.

When the body mix-up was discovered, Humberside Police Chief Constable Tim Hollis said he was inviting South Yorkshire Police to conduct the inquiry because he was “mindful of the strong association of Humberside Police with Christopher Alder’s name and his sad death”.

But in a written update sent to the families, which said detectives were still waiting to interview two former mortuary staff who now live in Australia and New Zealand, South Yorkshire Police said they “and the senior command team of Humberside Police are keen to progress this line of enquiry”.

Mr Alder’s sister Janet said: “They said they wanted to distance themselves so why should they be involved at all?”

Humberside’s Assistant Chief Constable Stuart Donald said: “Humberside Police are keen to see an outcome in the investigation to help give closure to both the family of Christopher Alder and Grace Kamara. I am also very aware that this investigation is being funded by public money and it is for this reason that I am keen to see a resolution.”