Indiana funeral home finds 31 bodies, partially decomposed

Indiana funeral home finds 31 bodies, partially decomposed

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. — Police are investigating after more than 30 bodies, some decomposing, were found at a funeral home in southern Indiana.

Major Isaac-Parker said police in the Louisville suburb of Jeffersonville arrived at the Lankford Funeral Home and Family Center Friday night and found 31 bodies, some of which were “in advanced stages of decay.”

He said the county coroner’s office had reported a strong odor from the building. Inside the building, police officers in gas suits found the bodies “in various parts of the building”. Some of the bodies have been at the funeral home since March, Parker said. Police also found the cremated remains of 16 people.

“It was a very unpleasant scene,” Parker said. “Conditions are not good.”

Parker said the funeral home owner has been speaking with police since Friday and an investigation is ongoing.

The owner did not immediately respond to an email from The Associated Press seeking comment on Sunday.

The remains were sent to the Clark County coroner’s office for identification, and police are asking anyone with information to contact the coroner’s office.

A woman who sent her brother’s body to a funeral home for cremation after his death in April told WHAS-TV that she is still waiting for his body. Tara-Owen said that when she contacted the funeral director, he responded that he was “working on a lot right now.”

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