< img src ="https://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/santafenewmexican.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/3/14/3144f82e-289d-11ec-930b-273c1701077c/6160eb2e5213c.image.jpg?crop=1763%2C992%2C0%2C91&resize=1120%2C630&order=crop%2Cresize"> A case of mixed-up ashes has revolted, angered and distressed a New Mexico family whose matriarch passed away Sept. 23.

Amy Salazar, who resides in Sapello, near Las Vegas, N.M., said two funeral houses failed during a modification of custody to see the ashes of her mother-in-law, 74-year-old Carmen Torres, somehow became puzzled with the ashes coming from another family.

“It’s just horrible,” Salazar said Friday. “We have no words to explain it.”

Salazar stated she wasn’t informed the other household’s name but stated they already had actually spread her mother-in-law’s ashes. When the other household found out of the accident, they tried to scoop up some of ashes and return them to Torres’ family members, Salazar said.The result was

a mix of ashes, dirt, a pine needle and a worm.The funeral service business that cremated the body was Berardinelli Household Funeral Service of Santa Fe, she stated, while Rogers Mortuary of Las Vegas was handling funeral arrangements.Two representatives of Berardinelli declined to comment at any length on the matter.”We are aware of the scenario,”Ginene Trujillo said. “We’re dedicated to serving all of our households, including this family. “Another representative, Andrew Rawls, said:”I’m not at liberty to talk about any family situation.”Rogers Mortuary agents didn’t return phone calls late last week.Salazar stated relative

observed Oct. 2 the number on the coin, or identification disc, that accompanied their bag

of ashes didn’t match the number on the documentation they had from Rogers Mortuary.She said she called Berardinelli that day and, at a staffer’s request, sent out the firm a picture of the disc. It became clearer the following day another family had Torres’ashes and Salazar’s family had ashes that came from them.Immediately after the rosary for Torres on Oct. 3, Salazar said a Berardinelli staffer informed her the ashes had actually been spread.The household remained in shock, she stated, and canceled

Torres’burial the next day.”We had no remains to bury,”she said.On Oct. 4 they accepted the product the other household had actually salvaged. One or both of the funeral houses used to pay for a headstone, but they had no requirement for one, Salazar stated. Torres ‘daughter Sandra Baca has actually held onto Torres ‘remains.Salazar stated as far as she could tell, both funeral homes had some duty for the mix-up. Salazar’s hubby, Luis, stated he was”brokenhearted.”He said his mother asked him to build a cedar box for her ashes and she picked out an area in the family burial area.”My mother was a brave woman during her death, and we respected her wishes

,”he stated. But they couldn’t follow all the way through because of the mix-up, and “there’s no closure for me or the family.”Salazar said the household is thinking about having the product scientifically evaluated in hopes of discovering how much, if any, of Carmen Torres’ashes stay. Source