31 bodies, some decomposing, found at Indiana funeral home

Police investigate after more than 30 bodies, some decomposing, were found at a southern Indiana funeral home

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

Police in the Louisville suburb of Jeffersonville responded Friday night to the Lankford Funeral Home and Family Center and found 31 bodies, some “in an advanced stage of decomposition,” Maj. Isaac Parker said.

He said the county coroner’s office reported a strong odor emanating from the building. Inside, officers wearing hazmat suits found bodies “in various locations throughout 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 weren’t good.”

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

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

The remains were taken to the Clark County Coroner’s Office for identification, and police have asked anyone who may have information to contact the coroner’s office.

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

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