Massachusetts authorities discovered 12 bodies in a storage unit outside Boston leased by a funeral home director who is currently under investigation for larceny.
Joseph O’Donnell, 55, was arrested and charged with larceny in April for allegedly accepting $12,000 in funeral pre-payments and then closing his business without providing service. Prosecutors say O’Donnell failed to return the money he accepted from the family.
He is currently being held on larceny charges, to which he pleaded not guilty.
The investigation into his funeral home operation took a horrific turn this week when authorities found 12 human bodies in a Weymouth storage facility, according to Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel Conley.
The day before investigators found cremated remains in another storage unit rented by O’Donnell in Somerville, north of Boston.
Authorities are currently working to identify the bodies and notify their families.
"Our top priority right now is determining the identity of the remains we’ve discovered," Conley said. "We've seized records and documents that could help us locate those people’s families, but this will be a time- and labor-intensive task."
Prosecutors said they do not believe the bodies found were victims of foul play or violence.
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