DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) - The unclaimed cremated remains of 27 people, found inside a Dayton home this fall, have been given a permanent place to rest.
A special memorial service was held on Wednesday thanks to the work of the Montgomery County Coroner's office, Bradford-Connelly and Glickler Funeral Home and Woodland Cemetery.
"I think these people were part of our community and they deserved the respect that the community can offer," said Dr. Kent Harshbarger, Montgomery County Coroner. "My office was proud and honored to take care of them. We tried to get them back with with their families if we could and those that we couldn't deserve a ceremony like this".
In September, Dayton Police recovered the cremated remains of 56 people from inside a home in the 21-hundred block of Philadelphia Drive.
Former funeral home director, Scherrie McLin, co-owned the property.
McLin's license and the McLin Funeral Home's license were revoked last December.
In the months since, the Montgomery County Coroner's Office has worked to return to the remains to their families.
Dr. Harshbarger opened Wednesday's ceremony by reading the names of the 27 people who's remains were never claimed.
The deceased range in age from 3 years-old to 90 years-old.
Wednesday's short ceremony gave a lot of folks in the community closure, including Larry Glicker.
Glickler is a funeral director and when he heard about this case he said he knew he had to act.
"It's a shame and as a funeral director I feel very badly," said Larry Glickler with Bradford-Connolly and Glickler Funeral Home. "This is not the way funeral homes and funeral directors handle someone's loved ones. These people deserve the respect we are showing them today and this certainly is not a common practice in the funeral business".
While it may not be the proper way of handling remains, 2 NEWS checked with the Montgomery County Prosecutors office. A spokesman said they are not investigating this as a criminal matter.
The cremated remains are now at Woodland Cemetery but can be moved should a family come forward.
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