Chicago Post Office Wrongly Declares Woman Dead; ‘How Does Something Like This Happen?’

CHICAGO (CBS) — The 2 Investigators tackle many topics, but this one’s a doozy, and begins with a riddle.

Who can declare someone dead? A doctor, perhaps a nurse. Well here’s a new one: the post office. CBS 2’s Dorothy Tucker introduces us to a woman “killed off” by a single piece of mail.

“I’m not dead,” Karen Naponelli said.

She can joke about it now, but Naponelli was in no mood to laugh when she got a letter from her bank, which read “please accept our condolences for your loss.”

“They’re writing this to whoever is my successor,” she said. “It does blow your mind. It’s unbelievable.”

US Bank assumed Naponelli was dead, because her October statement was returned as undeliverable, with a sticker attached to it, reading “deceased, unable to forward.”

Someone at the U.S. Postal Service returned the statement to the bank. But why? Diane Martin, the office manager at the Mount Greenwood post office told a reporter to leave when confronted about the incident.

Source: Post Office Wrongly Declares Woman Dead; ‘How Does Something Like This Happen?’ – CBS Chicago