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Mother wants to know where her daughter is buried; exhumation delayed

(WMC-TV) - A Memphis mother who believes her daughter's body is missing thought she would have answers Tuesday. The owner of Galilee Memorial Gardens agreed on camera Saturday to exhume the girl's body Tuesday, but that's not what happened.

Voner Matlock, 27, died of an enlarged heart just more than a week after giving birth to a boy, Trevor Matlock.

Voner Matlock's burial service took place under a tent at Galilee Memorial Gardens on Ellis Road in Bartlett.

"There was no hole, there was no dirt, there were no men ready to lower her into the ground," Adrienne Matlock said.

When the service ended Voner Matlock's sisters say there was no burial.

"'The service is over, you all may leave,'" Alexianne Matlock said, quoting cemetery officials at the burial.

Vickie Jackson came to visit her daughter's grave five days later, but the cemetery Vice President couldn't find the grave.

The next day, the cemetery marked a spot, over hard ground, as Voner Matlock's grave.

The family says other markers also appeared. A large dead root is over one supposedly freshly dug grave.

After a long debate Saturday, cemetery owner Jemar Lambert agreed to exhume Matlock's body, Tuesday at noon.

"I will solve it for you, I will move it, it's no problem," Lambert said Saturday.

But Monday, he told Jackson, she would have to pay $1,500 to $2,500 for it.

Tuesday, we confronted him about the change.

"Then I talked to my attorney and he advised me otherwise," Lambert said. "But, to just alleviate the problem, seriously, I will suck up all the costs."

"The body will not be disturbed until I get here, that is correct?" Jackson asked Lambert.

"Uh....I don't know about that part," Lambert said. "Because there is a certain way we go about that and procedures that we go about with that."

"I need closure on that," Jackson said. "That's why I say I want to be here."

"What's wrong?" Jackson asked Lambert after he paused.

"Huh? My thing is, that's fine but once again...that's fine. Two o'clock Tuesday," Lambert said.

A Tennessee Spokesperson says state law does not appear to prohibit family members from being present at a disinterment. In one condition, it actually requires it.

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