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Warren County mortuary shut down after state finds rotting corpses

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CARLISLE, OH (FOX19) -

Officials found mold growing on body held at a Carlisle mortuary that failed to refrigerate human remains.

Another body was beginning to mummify and car fresheners were hanging from the ceiling to mask the faint odor of rotting flesh, according to findings in a state investigation filed Monday.

Investigators discovered a macabre scene at Premium Mortuary Services and suspended the facility’s license for failing to properly store seven human bodies that were not embalmed.

The mortuary was cited for 15 violations for not refrigerating remains in a proper facility until cremation, according to the Ohio Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors. The mortuary’s unsanitary storage of remains presented “a danger of immediate and serious harm to the public,” Jon Rettig, the board’s president, said.

Officials found maggots consuming and living in one of the severely decomposing bodies, the report states. 

The owner of the facility told a state investigators Friday one of the coolers for body storage has been broken for two days. A formal complaint on the unrefrigerated bodies was filed to the state Thursday.

The facility’s walk-in cooler was also not working, but it is unclear how long it had been down.

A state investigator also discovered a “noticeable” amount of residue of and bone fragments in the crematory unit on the same property.

A total of 19 deceased bodies were in the building, 15 were adults and three babies. 

Premium Mortuary Services is located on Business Parkway in Carlisle. 

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