By Associated Press |
A funeral home in New York City is under investigation after dozens of corpses were left outside in trucks.
It started with reports of a strange stench in Brooklyn. Investigating police found a funeral home had resorted to storing dozens of bodies on ice in rented trucks.
Now state officials say the funeral home could face fines and license suspensions, after the owner said he simply ran out of room because the business had bodies “coming out our ears.”
Andrew T. Cleckley Funeral Home in Brooklyn, New York, is being investigated after dozens of bodies were found in refrigerated trucks on the street outside. (Justin Lane / EPA)
Authorities found that the Andrew T. Cleckley Funeral Home had rented four trucks to hold about 50 corpses, Health Commissioner Dr Howard Zucker said.
A neighbouring business owner called emergency services to report that fluids were leaking from one of the trucks, police said.
Health officials issued guidance to all funeral homes that they would not tolerate “any of that kind of behaviour,” Dr Zucker said at the daily coronavirus briefing by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
“Obviously the funeral home shouldn’t have done that,” Gov. Cuomo said.