Adam Buckley, missing, false id, coroner Mother Falsely Told Son Is Dead Desperately Searching For Answers – CBS Los Angeles

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.

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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.

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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.

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Now Winters says she’s frantically trying to find him and hopes the public will help.