SANTA CLARITA (CBSLA) — A Santa Clarita mother is desperate to find her 27-year-old son after she was mistakenly told by the L.A. County coroner he was dead.
Angela Winters says her son, Adam Buckley, went missing from a halfway house in June. The manager at the house told her Buckley packed a bag and left without telling her or any of his friends where he was going.READ MORE: TikTok Star Anthony Barajas Dies After Corona Movie Theater Shooting
Winters says her son has schizophrenia and his off his medication.
“I can’t sleep. I can’t eat,” she said. “The only thing I’m concerned with at this point is finding my son.”
Winters says she got a call last month from the L.A. County Coroner positively identifying a body burned beyond recognition as the body of her son.
“I was horrified. I was terrified that something like that had happened to my son. And I was consumed with his last moments and what they must have been like,” she said.READ MORE: Bacteria At Some Beaches Near Dockweiler Continues To Exceed State Standards
Then, a few days ago as the family prepared for a celebration of life, Winters received another call.
The coroner had made a mistake and her son was not dead. The coroner’s office released a statement admitting they had falsely identified the body and apologized to the family and to the public.
“I was relieved but to be honest I’m still in a very confused state,” Winters said. “First, they told me my son was positively identified as being murdered. Then they told me they made a mistake.”
Instead, Buckley had been arrested in Torrance for vagrancy and transferred to Los Angeles, where he was released.MORE NEWS: LAX Power Project To Reduce Lane Access On Pershing Drive
Now Winters says she’s frantically trying to find him and hopes the public will help.