16 bodies due for cremation “found decaying in warm fridge”
A man and woman left more than a dozen bodies due for cremation decaying at a Florida funeral home "because they had run out of body bags", according to police.
Gregory Dunphy (64) and Felicia Boesch (39) were charged with a combined 16 misdemeanor counts of unlawful storage of human remains after 16 decaying bodies were discovered at the premises, local newspaper News Herald reports.
According to the sheriff's office, the families of the deceased had requested cremation at Brock's Home Town Funeral Home.
"We are horrified, devastated and emotionally cannot fathom this," Kimberly Gates, relative of one of the deceased, told the newspaper.
"Now we can’t view her because the state she is in."
The corpses were found in a refrigeration unit that was set to 16 degrees Celsius. The fridge was required to be kept at a constant temperature of 4 degrees Celsius.
Other remains were discovered elsewhere in the funeral home and none of the bodies had been embalmed, Bay County Sheriff reported.
"They were still receiving people," sheriff spokeswoman Ruth Corley told the News Herald. "They weren't closed."
Dunphy reportedly told police that he had no access to additional supplies and he had run out of body bags.
Boesch reportedly said she performed some cremations and then declined to answer more questions.