17 bodies removed from Modesto funeral home

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 18, 2013 at 4:43 pm •  Published: May 18, 2013
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MODESTO, Calif. (AP) — Seventeen bodies have been removed from a Modesto funeral home after complaints the home was taking too long to cremate the bodies, officials said.

The removal of the bodies on Friday from McGuire Cremation & Funeral Service came as the funeral home was being investigated for "potential criminal and civil violations with the business for the past several months," Stanislaus County sheriff's Sgt. Anthony Bejaran said in a statement.

Sheriff's officials did not release additional details but Stanislaus County's public health officer, John Walker, told the Modesto Bee (http://bit.ly/17HGPAo ) that he had suspended permits for burial or cremation by the funeral home on May 1 because of several complaints "regarding delays in cremation of family members."

Officials with the Stanislaus County Health Services Agency began looking into the funeral home after receiving complaints and noticed problems with the time between the issuance of permits and their completion, which also is filed with the county, Jessica Montoya-Juarez, communicable disease manager for the Stanislaus County Health Services Agency, told the Bee.