COLUMBUS, Ga.- Wayne Parmer, the homeless man found in a vacant, 23rd street home will have a pauper burial on Monday, and it is scheduled for 1 p.m. at East Porterdale Cemetery.
Muscogee County Coroner Buddy Bryan says state law requires his office to wait three days before they bury a body because they have to search for any family of the deceased.
The office uses a program from the police department that allows them to enter the person’s name, Social Security Number and birthday and it will give them a printout that details their life. Bryan says the office waits to notify family before releasing the name of the deceased, but released for this case because they were not having any luck finding family.
“The reason I’ll bury somebody in a situation like this instead of cremate them is that we can always dig that body back up, but if I cremate them, I’ve got a problem,” Bryan said. “If somebody shows up a year from now, two years from now, saying hey I understand my daddy died, my brother died, my uncle died; where’s the body? So, I’ll bury them and can say it’s at the East Porterdale Cemetery.”
Bryan added that once the body is buried, the family has the right to exhume and have it buried elsewhere.