Kentucky Police are investigating a southern Indiana funeral home after more than 30 bodies, some decomposing were discovered there.
Police in the Louisville suburb of Jeffersonville responded to Lankford Funeral Home and Family Center on Friday evening where they found 31 bodies, including some “in the advanced stages of decomposition,” Maj. Isaac Parker said.
According to Parker, the county coroner’s office had reported a strong odor permeating from the building. Officers wearing hazmat protection found bodies “in different places around the building.” Some of the bodies had 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. “The conditions were not good.”
A woman who sent her brother’s body to the funeral home for cremation after he died in April said that she is still waiting for his remains. Tara Owen said when she contacted the funeral director, he told her that he was “dealing with a lot at the moment.”
“I couldn’t sleep last night not knowing what happened to his body,” Owens said. “Has he been cremated? Is he not? What’s going on? If I do get cremated remains, how do I know that they’re him? It’s just really sad.”