Christopher Alder grave body identified as Grace Kamara

Grace Kamara and Christopher Alder South Yorkshire Police is investigating how the body mix-up happened

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The remains of a body exhumed from the grave of a former Hull paratrooper have been identified as those of a woman who died in 1999.

The body of Grace Kamara, 77, was mistakenly buried at the Northern Cemetery in Hull in 2000 instead of that of Christopher Alder, 37.

The error went unnoticed until November last year when Mr Alder's body was found in a mortuary.

South Yorkshire Police are investigating how the mix-up happened.

Mr Alder choked to death at Queen's Gardens police station soon after he was arrested in 1998.

Ms Kamara died from natural causes but her burial had been delayed until 4 November 2011 due to family reasons. It was then that the mistake was uncovered.

Thirty specialists were involved in exhuming her body from Mr Alder's grave overnight on Tuesday.

The remains were examined by a team at a specialist forensic mortuary in Sheffield. Dental records were used to identify the body.

Det Supt Richard Fewkes, who is leading the investigation, said: "We are able to confirm today, following the exhumation at Hull's Northern Cemetery overnight on Tuesday 21 February, that the remains contained within the grave are those of Grace Kamara and this is established beyond any doubt.

"Meanwhile the South Yorkshire Police investigation continues with the aim of establishing the facts surrounding this case."

Unlawfully killed

Trish Dalby, director of neighbourhood and families at Hull City Council, said: "The exhumation was carried out in accordance with the conditions of the licence and within the expected timescales, whilst at all times making sure that the wishes of families were met."

Ms Kamara's friend, Christine Omoregie, said she hoped, along with family members, for permission to return her remains to the grave in the Northern Cemetery.

Ten years ago, a coroner's jury decided Mr Alder was unlawfully killed, and misconduct and manslaughter charges were later brought against five Humberside Police officers. They were acquitted of all criminal charges in 2002.

In 2006, an Independent Police Complaints Commission report said four of the officers present in the custody suite when Mr Alder died were guilty of the "most serious neglect of duty".

But the Police Federation said the officers "strongly disputed" the report's conclusions.

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