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Overwhelmed Funeral Home Put Bodies on Ice in Trucks

Passerby alerts police to the situation in Brooklyn

(Newser) - Police were called to a Brooklyn neighborhood Wednesday after a funeral home overwhelmed by the coronavirus resorted to storing dozens of bodies on ice in rented trucks, and a passerby complained about the smell, officials said. Investigators who responded to a 911 call found that the home had rented four... More »

A Virus First: The Dead Are Still Contagious

Scientists in Thailand say coronavirus appears to have spread to medical examiner from a corpse

(Newser) - Out of Thailand, a coronavirus first: a case in which the virus appears to have spread from a corpse to a medical examiner. "According to our best knowledge, this is the first report on COVID-19 infection and death among medical personnel in a Forensic Medicine unit," researchers write... More »

Funeral Home to Nearly 100 Families: Uh, Hello?

Hamilton's Funeral Home in Des Moines is trying to unload people's ashes

(Newser) - An Iowa funeral home is calling on families to pick up the unclaimed cremated remains of nearly 100 people that it has been keeping in a locked closet for years, some since the mid-1990s, the AP reports. Lanae Strovers, of Hamilton's Funeral Home in Des Moines, told TV station... More »

They Said He Died Naturally. The Funeral Home Said Otherwise

Georgia man was actually stabbed to death

(Newser) - "It was too much blood." That was the initial assessment of Michelle Smalls, the sister of Ray Neal, a 61-year-old Georgia man found dead over the weekend. A Gwinnett County medical examiner's investigator determined he died of natural causes. But it turns out the suspicions of Smalls... More »

Yet Another Grim Discovery in 3rd Michigan Funeral Home

Remains of 2 fetuses found in Owosso

(Newser) - Decades-old fetal remains have been found at another Michigan funeral home—the third such grim discovery in the state in less than two weeks. An asbestos-removal crew on Monday discovered the remains of two fetuses at the former Mowen Funeral Home in Owosso, about 90 miles northwest of Detroit, reports... More »

Another 'Heinous' Discovery in a Detroit Funeral Home

Cops found 63 fetuses stashed away

(Newser) - Police removed the remains of 63 fetuses from a Detroit funeral home and regulators shuttered the business amid a widening investigation of alleged improprieties at local funeral homes. Detroit police Chief James Craig said officers found 36 fetuses in boxes and 27 others in freezers during Friday's raid at... More »

Officials Make 'Horrific' Find at Funeral Home

Cantrell Funeral Home had already been shut down

(Newser) - Prepare yourself: Eleven dead infants have been found stored away in the ceiling of a shuttered Detroit funeral home, ABC News reports. Following an anonymous letter, officials discovered the remains Friday at Cantrell Funeral Home, which had already been closed for earlier violations. The remains were stored in a cardboard... More »

The Funeral Home Closed in April. A Letter Led to a Search

The decomposed remains of 11 infants were found hidden there

(Newser) - Authorities say the bodies of 11 babies have been found in a funeral home that was closed six months ago. Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs spokesman Jason Moon says inspectors found the bodies Friday at the Cantrell Funeral Home on Detroit's east side. The Free-Press reports authorities... More »

'Like a Horror Story': Woman's Body Mistakenly Cremated

Family says funeral home then presented 2 different bodies as Sandra Bennett

(Newser) - The first body the funeral home showed them wasn't Sandra Bennett. Neither was the second. CBC reports a Canadian funeral home is under investigation after Bennett's family says it mistakenly cremated her body after she died in December at the age of 65 and then presented two other... More »

Bodies Are Piling Up at the Houston Morgue

Officials have asked state for extra storage capacity

(Newser) - Bodies are piling up at the Houston morgue because of Harvey: Not only did the storm lead to more than 30 deaths, but the flooding has also prevented funeral homes from collecting the corpses of those who died from other causes. The morgue in the fourth-largest city in the US... More »

Funeral Director in Blog Post: 'F--- You, Opioids'

He says he's not prone to profanity, but he's overwhelmed by what he's seen

(Newser) - A New Jersey funeral director heartbroken and overwhelmed at the opioid deaths he's seen in his line of work minced no words in a blog post he published on the funeral home's website this week. "F**k you, Opioids," reads the headline of the post on the... More »

Funeral Home Refused to Cremate Gay Man: Lawsuit

Mississippi funeral home allegedly said it doesn't 'deal with their kind'

(Newser) - A Mississippi funeral home went back on an agreement to cremate an 86-year-old man after he died and paperwork showed he was gay, according to a lawsuit in state court. Picayune Funeral Home had told a nephew that Robert Huskey's body would be picked up and cremated for $1,... More »

Family Sues Mortuary After Body Left in Garage 2 Years

Remains of 3 others were also found

(Newser) - After 50-year-old Brigitte Godfrey died of an asthma attack in March of 2013, her family contacted Living Waters Funeral Home near Chicago to cremate the body, reports Courthouse News Service . That never happened: Two years later, Godfrey's corpse was found with three other bodies and a bag of organs... More »

Thief Steals Wedding Ring Off Woman in Open Casket

Family says skin was ripped from dead woman's finger

(Newser) - A Texas woman was caught on surveillance video stealing a wedding ring off the finger of a dead woman Friday, the Odessa American reports. The body of Lois Hicks, 88, was in an open casket at Odessa's Sunset Funeral Home. The woman's family had just left the funeral... More »

After Their Child Ended Up in Trash, Couple to Get $28M

Catheryne Lucero, Raul Manzano's son was supposed to be cremated

(Newser) - Catheryne Lucero and Raul Manzano thought the body of their infant son, who died soon after his birth on Sept. 1, 2014, was being cremated. Instead, his remains ended up in a dumpster behind a gas station in North Miami, Fla., four days later. Now the couple have been awarded... More »

Family: Wrong Woman Was in Casket at Grandma's Viewing

And no one seems to know where Virginia Gray's body went

(Newser) - When Virginia Gray's grandkids went to Horton's Funeral Home last Friday to pay their respects to the DC matriarch, who had died at the age of 83 in mid-February, they were prepared to say their final goodbyes, News4 reports. But although her family recognized the clothing on the... More »

'Obsessed' Man Eyed in Stolen Corpse Case

Police say there isn't enough evidence to make an arrest

(Newser) - San Antonio police haven't been able to recover Julie Mott's body —stolen from a chapel hours after her funeral on Aug. 15—but they do have a potential suspect in the case. Police say the last man to leave the chapel that day was a male in... More »

Reward Offered for Stolen Corpse in Texas

Body of young woman goes missing after her funeral

(Newser) - Police are seeking clues to the whereabouts of the corpse of a 25-year-old woman stolen from a casket after her funeral at a San Antonio chapel last week. Mission Park Funeral Chapel North is offering a $20,000 reward for information leading to those who took Julie Mott's body... More »

Why Women Make Good Funeral Directors

Women say patience, empathy help them rise in profession

(Newser) - Walk into your nearest funeral home, and you're more likely than ever to see a woman running the place—a development that some female directors attribute to traditional feminine qualities like patience and empathy. "I'm not man-bashing, but families find a comfort level with a female funeral... More »

Jonestown Victims Found in Old Funeral Home

Officials identify 9 from 1978 massacre

(Newser) - Officials have uncovered the remains of nine victims from the terrifying 1978 Jonestown Massacre, which left more than 900 people dead from drinking a punch spiked with cyanide, the News Journal and Daily Mail report. Forensics investigators confirmed the find at a funeral home in Dover, Delaware, among 38 other... More »

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