Most real estate horror stories involve agents behaving badly, fraudsters, sex scandals, and criminal activity. In Ohio, a contractor cleaning up a foreclosed home ran into something much more horrifying than the usual leftover clothes, trash, and furniture. In the boxes in this particular home, the cleaner found boxes containing the cremated remains of 56 dead people.
The Dayton, Ohio home had been previously occupied by the owner of a local funeral home, who apparently took work home and left it there when he vacated the foreclosed property. The contractor found the boxes, each labeled with the name and date of the deceased individuals. The county coroner’s office took possession of the remains and undertook the task of locating and contacting family members.
The cremated remains in question were first discovered in violation of local laws by investigators at the McLin Funeral Home in Dayton. The funeral home lost its license and was forced to close, likely the main contributing factor to the director’s home going into foreclosure. The director appears to have brought the boxes to his personal residence when he closed the funeral home.
In a true horror story that sound more like a movie than real estate news, inspectors found the remains in boxes labeled with dates ranging from 1982 into the 1990s. With some remains over 30 years old, this foreclosed home contained more than most banks bargain for when they take possession.
State laws allow funeral homes to dispose of cremated remains if unclaimed after 60 days, but the remains must be placed in a grave, crypt, or niche. These remains were found in plastic boxes used for temporary storage by funeral homes.
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