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Published: Wednesday, 5/27/2009

4 bodies left behind in vacant Indiana funeral home


GARY, Ind. Church leaders who bought a defunct Indiana funeral home in a tax sale have stumbled upon four bodies that had been left behind in the vacant building.

Lake County Coroner David J. Pastrick calls the situation in the former Serenity Gardens Funeral Home in Gary unbelievable.

Leaders of the Northlake Church of Christ called authorities after finding a body bag on a table Sunday.

Pastrick and his staff found one body in the bag, then another in a burial box and finally two more in caskets.

None has been identified.

Pastrick says the bodies may have been there since 2006, when the funeral home s business license was revoked after several people filed complaints.

Gary police and state agencies are investigating.

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