Funeral Home Caught Storing Bodies in U-Haul

Workers move a body near the Andrew T. Cleckley Funeral Home in the Brooklyn borough of New York, Wednesday, April 29, 2020. Police responded to a report of human bodies in vehicles, which they determined were connected to the nearby funeral home. The New York Police Department notified the state Department of Health, which oversees funeral homes. The coronavirus pandemic has overrun most funeral homes and morgues in New York City. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

A funeral home in Brooklyn was reportedly storing an overflow of bodies in U-Haul trucks parked in the street. Neighboring businesses complained of a “foul odor” in the area, and someone reported seeing bodies being stacked in the trucks. A police investigation discovered somewhere between 30 and 60 bodies stacked in the backs of the trucks outside of the funeral home. When the bodies were discovered, multiple agencies were brought to the scene. A spokesperson from the New York State Health Dept stated: “Funeral directors are required to store decedents awaiting burial or other final disposition in appropriate conditions.” Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams reminds everyone that this is not just on the funeral home directors. “It starts at the cemeteries. If we don’t start increasing the bodies we’re putting in the ground, then they’re going to stay above ground.”

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