JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. – Police are investigating after more than 30 bodies, some of which were decomposing, were found at a funeral home in southern Indiana.
Police in Jeffersonville, a suburb of Louisville, responded to the Lankford Funeral Home and Family Center Friday night and found 31 bodies, including some “in advanced stages of decomposition,” Major Isaac Parker said.
He said the coroner’s office had reported a strong odor coming from the building. Inside, officers wearing dangerous clothing found bodies “at various places in the building”. Some bodies had been in 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 were not good.”
The funeral home owner has been speaking to police since Friday, Parker said, and an investigation is underway.
The owner did not immediately respond to an email from Associated Press asking for comment on Sunday.
The remains were taken to the Clark County coroner’s office for identification, and police have asked anyone with information to contact the coroner’s office.
A woman who sent her brother’s body to the funeral home for cremation after he died in April told WHAS-TV she is still waiting for his remains. Tara Owen said that when she contacted the undertaker, he replied that he “had a lot to do at the moment”.