May 5th, 2010
02:07 AM ET

Funeral home accused of stacking bodies in a garage

A Maryland funeral home has lost its license after investigators found about 40 bodies stacked on top of each other, leaking fluid, in a garage, a state official said.

The state Board of Morticians and Funeral Directors revoked the license of  Chambers Funeral Home & Crematorium after an April 26 visit to the site.

Hari Close, president of the the state funeral board, told CNN Tuesday that some of the bodies were cadavers who had been donated to a local university for research. Other bodies came from other funeral homes, Close said.

The bodies were supposed to be cremated, but investigators were alarmed at how they were stored in the garage while they awaited cremation.

"Even somebody who donates their body to science, they still should be treated with dignity," said Close. "Not to mention the health and safety issues with the body fluids flowing out."

William Chambers, co-owner of the funeral home, told CNN-affiliate WJLA  said that he hopes to work with the state to resolve the alleged  violations.

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  1. GoldenStateWarriors

    YUCK!!! Absolutely disgusting

    May 5, 2010 at 2:14 am | Report abuse |
  2. Three Dog Mama

    Gross. Definitely take the license. How would they like if they were stacked as if they would pieces of wood? I feel for the families.

    May 5, 2010 at 2:22 am | Report abuse |
  3. Kris Wood

    Americans sure get crafty when the kilns stop working. Like dumping in rivers, stacking jenga-style in garages...wonder what's next, stowage in tire swings on playgrounds?

    May 5, 2010 at 2:29 am | Report abuse |
  4. Mike

    Who really cares... if you are dead, forget the dignity. I couldn't care less if my body was in that garage. The one with the mess there is the one that has to deal with the stench and health hazards. This isn't even worthy of news... blah.

    May 5, 2010 at 2:35 am | Report abuse |
  5. Toots

    "William Chambers, co-owner of the funeral home, told CNN-affiliate WJLA said that he hopes to work with the state to resolve the alleged violations." THIS is what's wrong with America! He's caught with leaking bodies piling up in a garage and he "hopes to WORK with the state ...blah, blah, blah, ALLEGED VIOLATIONS????? Dude, you have bodies piled in your garage....nothing alleged about that! and "violations"??? what about BROKEN LAWS?? He'll get a fancy lawyer and it'll all be swept under the as usual. NO ONE takes responsibility for their actions any more. Sheesh!

    May 5, 2010 at 2:47 am | Report abuse |
  6. Joel


    Thanks for the comments concerning your body and that you do not expect to receive any "dignity". Now let me ask you..if your young son or baby daughter had died and was amongst that pile of bodies, how would you react? You emotionless twit!

    May 5, 2010 at 2:48 am | Report abuse |
  7. John

    Big deal.

    Dignity? What kind of nonsense do people believe in!?!? When you die you're gone, nothing left but a mixture of elements.

    After I die, I could care less what is done with my body. WHY SHOULD I!?!? I'll be DEAD.

    May 5, 2010 at 7:22 am | Report abuse |