TOLEDO, Ohio (May 31, 2015) — Authorities in Ohio are investigating a funeral home in Toledo where 11 bodies were discovered in a damp room. They say the bodies were supposed to be cremated but instead were being stored in cremation boxes and body bags.
The Lucas County coroner’s office says the bodies of 10 adults and an infant born prematurely were found Friday.
A deputy coroner says most of the deaths were of a medical nature so autopsies aren’t necessary.
Dr. Diane Barnett says the concern is over the condition of the bodies and their identification. She tells The Blade newspaper that at least one body had been at the funeral home since January.
Barnett says the most recent death occurred about two weeks ago.
Toledo police helped state authorities remove the bodies and are investigating what happened.