Jared McPherson and his coworker Brian Hubbs from Bethalto, Illinois were coming back from Waterloo, Ill., to Bethalto on Aug. 8 when tragedy hits. their truck veered off the road and hit a tree off Interstate 255 near Collinsville, Ill. The car burst into flames. Both men were killed, according to the Belleville News-Democrat.
Mike McPherson, Jared’s father, received a call from the St. Clair County Coroner’s office about the accident.
He had been told “everything’s fine,” when that was not the case
the families of the two men were informed that the heat from the explosion incinerated both bodies and there was nothing to bury. However, when Jared’s family visited the crash site, they found something horrifying.
Karissa McPherson wanted to visit the spot that claimed her 25-year-old brother’s life so she could see where he’d been “the last time he was alive”.
But when she and his fiance Candice went to the scene near Collinsville, Madison County, Illinois, they found a hand. And a skull.
“I just kind of melted down and that’s when I picked up his hands. I just lost it,” the distraught woman said. Now, the family is demanding answers from the St. Clair County Coroner’s office.
St. Clair County Coroner Rick Stone says the bodies suffered from third and fourth-degree burns and then were hit with the power of extinguishers from the fire department when rescue teams attempted to extricate Jared McPherson from the vehicle. These circumstances would have made it difficult for firefighters and investigators to see whether something was left behind.
The McPherson family is not only grieving, they’ve now been traumatized to know that some of Jared McPherson’s remains were still at the crash site.
“I just hope no one else has to ever feel what we felt or see what we saw,” Karissa McPherson said.
The McPhersons have hired a lawyer and may pursue civil action against the coroner’s office.
“When they take down that tape, it’s their job to take care of the site and they did not do their job,” Mike McPherson said.