POLICE have discovered a total of 31 decomposing bodies stacked up at a funeral home.
The grim find was made during an inspection of Lankford Funeral Home and Family Center in Jeffersonville, Indiana, following complaints by neighbors of a foul smell in the area.
The police found the bodies "some of which were in the advanced stages of decomposition," alongside the cremated remains of 16, according to a statement from Maj. Isaac Parker, the Louisville Courier-Journal reported.
It appears that an air conditioning unit at the funeral home stopped working which made locals report the smell.
A source told WDRB that the owner of the funeral home was left behind in processing the deceased, some of which have been stacking up since March.
The recovered bodies were taken by the Clark County Coroner’s Office which is working to identify the remains.
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No one has been arrested but police have launched an investigation into the funeral home-whose owner appears to be Randy Lankford, according to its website.
The source told the outlet police do not suspect any criminal wrongdoing.
However, Jeffersonville Police, the Clark County Sheriff’s Department and Indiana State Police are investigating the case.
Parker added: "We understand that this is going to be a situation where we're really going to need the assistance of these families.
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"I'm sorry that they've already suffered a loss and now they're dealing with this situation. We ask anybody that has information to please reach out to us."
Lankford Funeral Home is in the 3100 block of Middle Road in Jeffersonville, just across the Ohio River from Louisville.
Anyone who has recently worked with the Lankford Funeral Home is urged to contact the coroner’s office at (812) 285-6282.
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