Ohio funeral director had cremains at home

Sept. 19, 2012 at 2:53 PM
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DAYTON, Ohio, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- The cremated remains of 56 people were found at an Ohio funeral director's home, the Montgomery County Coroner's Office said.

Dayton police took records and the coroner's office took custody of the cremains Tuesday after searching the home of funeral director Scherrie McLin shares with her sister, Tanya Anderson. Police said it was unclear why the cremains were there.

McLin fled authorities after irregularities at her funeral home were reported. A state regulatory board has stripped McLin of her funeral director license and shut down the parlor. She is also being sued by former clients, the Dayton Daily News reported. Investigators were first drawn to McLin's business after complaints about $100,000 in prepaid funeral money was missing.

Police said the cremains were all individually marked with the deceased's name and date of death inscribed on each box. Ohio law says a funeral home can dispose of unclaimed cremains after 60 days. Police said it was unclear whether McLin had violated any laws by failing to dispose of the cremains.

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