INDIANA has suspended a funeral director’s license after 31 bodies were found in July that were allegedly improperly stored and decomposed.
According to the Indiana Attorney General’s office, Randy Ray Lankford agreed to surrender licenses for himself and his Jeffersonville facility last week.
Jeffersonville, Indiana, police searched the facility in July and discovered 31 bodies in various stages of decomposition.
The corpses were reportedly in body bags and unrefrigerated.
Some of the bodies had been at the site for “an extended period of time,” researchers said, while one had been there since March, according to TAUT 59.
Police also say they found the cremated remains of more than a dozen other individuals at the site.
Officers began their search after receiving a tip about a smell coming from the building.
In a statement, Attorney General Todd Rokita said his office places a high priority on protecting Hoosiers from harmful business practices and professional malpractice.
“In this case, our Licensing Enforcement team acted quickly to take the appropriate actions.”
The licenses are suspended indefinitely.
Grieving families should be able to trust that the remains of their loved ones are treated respectfully and appropriately, Rokita said.
“In addition, the unsanitary conditions in this funeral home posed a clear and immediate threat to public health and safety. ”
He continued to say that his office is committed to ensuring that anyone entrusted with a state-issued professional license meets the required standards.
The officers also found the cremated remains of 17 people.
Upon learning of conditions at the facility, the Attorney General’s team filed an emergency permit suspension with the State Board of Funeral and Cemetery Service on July 26.
The Public Prosecution Service says that the investigation is still ongoing.
“Anyone with information that may be helpful is requested to contact the Attorney General’s License Enforcement Department by calling 1-800-382-5516,” said a statement from his office.