A Buffalo florist told Erie County investigators Tuesday she is constantly reminded of the mistaken cremation of her uncle last summer because she deals with grieving families arranging funerals for loved ones, law enforcement sources said.
Sandra Kenyon, 35, testified that her work as operator of the Buttercup Floral Shop in the Delaware-Hertel Plaza is affected by that mistake. She testified during a session linked to possible "emotional distress" suits over the mishandling of the remains of Henry Glowczak.
Questioned at the Erie County attorney's office, Ms. Kenyon said Glowczak's only possible surviving sibling, his brother, Robert, hasn't been seen by family members in more than 20 years, according to law enforcement sources who spoke on the guarantee of anonymity.
Glowczak's only sister, Dorothy, Ms. Kenyon's mother, died in 1988.
Ms. Kenyon filed notices of claim several weeks ago against both the county and the City of Buffalo over her uncle's cremation Aug. 10. She will be questioned by attorneys for the city Feb. 8.
The body of Glowczak, 61, who died of a heart attack Aug. 6, was taken from the county morgue and cremated because of a tagging error.
Buffalo police and county officials had said they were unable to find any of Glowczak's relatives after his death.
Ms. Kenyon, one of four surviving nieces and a nephew, could not be reached to comment after the Tuesday session. She has not disclosed how much money she plans to seek.
Attorneys for Ms. Kenyon told the county both of Glowczak's parents are dead, but county investigators are attempting to determine the accuracy of reports that Glowczak's mother still may be alive, sources said. County investigators also are attempting to find the missing brother, sources added.
Investigators have learned that a woman who dated Glowczak for about 12 years and nursed him back to health after he had heart surgery two years ago was denied permission by county officials to pay for his funeral last summer, sources said.
County officials rejected the offer because she was not a member of Glowczak's family and efforts still were under way to find relatives, sources said.
The former girlfriend died in October.