A man who has spent the past seven years visiting what he thought was the grave of his stillborn son was stunned to learn that he has been going to the wrong location all this time.
Vance Abeyta found out that his son's plot at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Wheat Ridge, Colorado, is actually not in the spot he was initially told — a discovery that left him both angry and saddened.
"Come to find out my son is not even buried here where I thought he's been buried for the last seven years," Abeyta told KUSA-TV. "He's buried a few graves over."
The error was discovered when Abeyta decided to add his son's name — Quincy Abeyta — to the headstone.
When he later went to the grave this past July, he noticed the name still wasn't added, but when he called the Archdiocese of Denver, officials there insisted that the job had been completed.
And that's when they realized that Abeyta had mistakenly been visiting a different child's plot based on incorrect information he was given back in 2007.
"I was crying over someone else's child when I was out here over the years," Abeyta said. "That's what bothers me the most is I wasn't in the right spot."
Leaders at the archdiocese, who bury stillborn children free of charge, said that they feel terrible about the mishap and have agreed to donate funds to a charity of Abeyta's choice.
A CO man's been visiting the grave of his still born son for 7 yrs. Until he found his son was buried elsewhere. pic.twitter.com/XgySYjPVfe— Ryan Haarer (@RcHaarer) September 22, 2014
Additionally, a tattoo on Abeyta's arm that is meant to commemorate his son's life will be engraved on the proper headstone.
"We want to do the best we can to rectify that and meet with the family to honor their needs and honor their son. Their unborn son," Scott Drzewiecki, executive director of archdiocese's mortuary and cemeteries outfit, told KUSA-TV.