56 boxes of human remains found in Ohio home

Home were the remains were found 
By: David Ross 

Dozens of boxes of human remains were discovered in one Ohio home, police said.

The boxes that were removed from a house co-owned by a former funeral director, Scherrie McLin, date back several decades, according to the coroner's office in Montgomery County.

The first is from 1982, said the coroner's office director Ken Betz on Wednesday, but all of the rest are from 1990 and 2000. The latest is from 2009.

All 56 boxes are labeled with the names and dates of death. Betz said the office would not release that information until the office had notified the families, and had determined what the proper procedures for dealing with the ashes are.

Betz called this an unprecedented situation in Montgomery County, saying that "we have never done this before."

Investigators received permission from the court to search the funeral home, which is located at 2801 N. Gettysburg Avenue, for items relating to prepaid funeral contracts. The state board is the court-appointed receiver of the McLin Funeral Home Inc.'s accounts of prepaid funeral contracts.

The board became the court-appointed receiver of contracts after the license of McLin funeral home and its director, Scherrie McLin, were suspended by the state in March 2011, for violating nine state laws and administrative codes.

On Tuesday, the 56 boxes were found at 2121 Philadelphia Drive, which is in foreclosure. A contractor hired to clean the house called police after discovering the boxes.

Dayton Police seized boxes of records that seemed to be from McLin Funeral Home.

The house is co-owned by Scherrie McLin, half sister of former Dayton Mayor Rhine McLin, and Tanya Anderson, identified as a sister of Scherrie McLin.

Vanessa Niekamp, executive director of the Ohio Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors, said that state law requires that cremated remains be disposed of 60 days after not being claimed. Disposition of ashes should be in a crypt or niche tomb, a hole or recess in a wall typically used to display an urn.