DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) - Dayton police and the Montgomery County Coroner's Office removed the cremated remains of 56 people from a home on Philadelphia Drive Tuesday afternoon.
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Police say the house at 2121 Philadelphia Drive is in foreclosure. A contractor was cleaning out the property when he found plastic urns inside a closet. Each urn was labeled.
Our own investigation has revealed that the home is owned by Scherrie McLin, former owner of the now defunct McLin Funeral Home, and Tanya Anderson.
The Montgomery County Coroner's Office now has the urns in its possession and will notify the affected families.
The investigation is ongoing. No charges have been filed, but neighbors are talking.
"I'm shocked. I am shocked. I would've never guessed that," said Simone Stone as police searched the home.
"Whoever did it, I hope they're prosecuted and I hope they can identify the remains too. You know, hopefully they can connect them with their families again," said Hezekiah Rucker.
Controversy is nothing new for Scherrie McLin and the McLin Funeral Home.
2 NEWS spoke with the State Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors about the North Gettysburg Avenue funeral home. They tell us in March of last year, McLin's license was suspended after inspectors accused her of violating state laws and administrative codes.
In September, an administrative hearing was held as she tried to fight the order but officials say McLin did not show up. The suspension was upheld.
In December 2011, the board permanently revoked both McLin's funeral director license as well as the funeral home's operating license.
We also learned that the state board is assisting dozens of people who had pre-paid funeral contracts with McLin.
Officials are trying to help those people as much as possible by switching to the contracts to other funeral homes or trying to locate the funds.
If you haven't talked with the county prosecutor, or the State Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors, give them a call at (614) 466-4252.
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