Eight Undocumented Bodies Found in Fort Worth Funeral Home


Published 07/16 2014 11:12AM

Updated 07/16 2014 11:15AM

Johnson Family Mortuary
Johnson Family Mortuary/NBC DFW
Eight bodies were found in varying stages of decay at a Fort Worth funeral home whose operator was being evicted, police said.

The bodies found in the Johnson Family Mortuary belong to people ranging in age from infant to adult, police said. It is not clear how long they were in the funeral home.

The building's landlord had evicted the business' owners two weeks ago, but when the landlord checked on the building Tuesday morning, he found the unattended bodies inside, police told NBC 5.

The landlord contacted police, who then began investigating possible felony abuse of corpse.

Police said the facility did not have any refrigerated rooms, but the building did have working electricity. State regulations require refrigeration for bodies kept longer than 24 hours.

The bodies were removed later Tuesday by the Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office, which will identify the remains and notify the families.

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