Ohio panel meets about funeral home after 11 bodies found

Funeral home

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) – Ohio’s funeral directors board is having a special meeting about a funeral home where 11 bodies intended for cremation were found in a damp room.

The head of Ohio’s Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors says she’ll recommend administrative charges and license suspensions for the Toledo business and its operator when the panel considers the case Tuesday in Columbus.

A statement from the funeral home says it provided embalming in accordance with state law. Its attorney says any delay in cremation resulted from physicians not providing death certificates in a timely manner.

The Lucas County coroner’s office says the bodies of 10 adults and a premature infant were found Friday. Officials say they were stored in cremation boxes and body bags, and at least one had been there since January.

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