Body Missing After Funeral Home Shut Down
Sacramento (KTXL) — Weeks after dealing with the loss of a brother, a Sacramento family is trying to find out where the man’s body is after the funeral home closed up shop.
When Morris Carruth died of a heart attack on August 9, his family used Advanced Care Funeral and Cremation to handle his service and remains.
Now, two months after the funeral home took Carruth’s body for cremation, the family is still waiting for his remains.
“The new stress is now we can’t find his body. He was to be cremated after the funeral, they told us the body would be delivered to us in two weeks, and it never happened,” said Lisa Evans, Carruth’s sister.
Evans stopped by the company’s location along 29th Street after her calls went unanswered, but found the office cleaned out and closed.
FOX40 News placed several calls on Evans’ behalf and found out Advanced Care Funeral Services had their license pulled by the State, and they were shut down.
The California State Cemetery and Funeral Bureau says they investigated the company for mishandling the remains of five people, and got a temporary restraining order.
But Evans was never contacted during the investigation, and her brother Morris was not one of the five remains found mishandled.
“I have no idea where he is and it’s a real messed up feeling,” said Evans.
State agents are still investigating the funeral home, but they had no idea any other family’s loved ones were unaccounted for.
The realization makes Evans scared, but also more determined to find her brother.
“I owe this to him most defiantly owe this to him he needs to be rest in peace and he is not in peace right now,” said Evans.
The State’s investigation of Advanced Care Funeral Services also found the funeral director licensed to run the business was only working minimal hours, and was possibly having non-licensed people handling remains.