For more than fifty years, this family-owned funeral home served the surrounding community. To keep costs low for the customer, everything was done in-house including the flowers. They wanted to keep funeral costs low and the services swift. The funeral home promoted an option called fast burial, a service that would bury the deceased in less than a day after their death.
By the early 2000s, rumors began to rumble throughout the community about the owner and his possible shady business practices. Authorities began to look into the business and make unannounced visits to the funeral home. The deeper authorities dove into the funeral records, the more questions arose. Many within the town were shocked when reports surfaced of the owner potentially defrauding the families of the deceased. In 2014, everything came to a crashing halt after news media reported on the owner and his funeral business. After the story aired, more families came forward to local authorities with complaints. An investigation was opened by the state which led to a lengthy indictment from a grand jury.
The result of the indictment was fines and probation for the owner. Although details of the crimes that were committed remain undisclosed, many within the town felt betrayed. Shortly after the investigation ended, the funeral home abruptly closed and has since been left abandoned. Today, the former owner continues to operate a funeral home in a neighboring town, less than a hour away from his former home.
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