CHICAGO (CBS) — A funeral home in Gary, Indiana, was explaining why the remains of two unidentified babies were stored in the facility for nearly two decades, and denying published reports the bodies were improperly stored in a ceiling for two years.
Sean Howard, spokesman for Smith, Bizzell, Warner & Son Golden Rule Funeral Home said the remains had been stored at the funeral home for 17 years, through three different owners, and insisted they were stored properly. He also said there is no truth to newspaper reports the remains had been stored in a ceiling in the morgue for two years. He said it was only a matter of hours.
Howard said an employee removed the remains from a secure cabinet where they were stored, and put them in the ceiling of the morgue last September. Howard said a manager quickly discovered what the employee had done.
“The manager came into the area, to the morgue area, and saw a ladder where this gentleman was responsible for it. He was responsible for the morgue, and obviously it raised eyebrows to her, and that’s when he admitted to the manager ‘I put the babies in the ceiling.’ That employee is no longer here,” Howard said.