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Lawsuit settled; son's ashes were just clothes

PITTSBURGH - A woman who learned her son's cremated ashes were from his clothing, not his remains, has settled her lawsuit against Allegheny County for $15,000.

Nancie Nieradko of Cleveland eventually got the remains of Chad Mulvin after his body was found to have been misplaced at the county coroner's office in 2005. She settled the lawsuit just before it went to trial Tuesday.

Mulvin's Pittsburgh roommate was acquitted of a homicide charge; he said the shooting had been an accident. The man was found guilty of abusing the corpse for burying Mulvin's body in cement. Authorities realized Mulvin's clothes had been cremated instead of his body when detectives tried to retrieve them for evidence.

- AP