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Old remains found in unrefrigerated morgue

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 31, 2014 at 4:30 pm •  Published: July 31, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Several bodies had been stored for up to a decade or more at a Rhode Island funeral home whose owner killed himself last week, police said Thursday.

The bodies of five elderly adults — three men and two women — and one fetus were found along with the cremated remains of two other people last week at the Pennine Funeral home in Providence, according to the state health department.

Providence police Maj. David Lapatin said indicators at the scene lead him to believe some of the bodies date back to the early 2000s. He declined to elaborate.

Detectives are waiting for the state medical examiner to finish identifying the bodies so they can contact any relatives, Lapatin said. Lapatin said the investigation is not currently considered criminal.

A spokesman for the state Health Department said four of the six bodies have been tentatively identified.

The funeral home's director, Alfred Pennine, committed suicide July 21 in New Hampshire, according to authorities.

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