Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel Conley confirmed that authorities recovered twelve corpses from a storage unit in Weymouth, Massachusetts late Thursday.
The bodies were found in Weymouth, which is situated about 13 miles southeast of Boston, after police found cremains of roughly 40 people in a different U-Haul storage unit the previous day in Somerville, which sits a little north of Boston. Both storage units were rented by former funeral director Joseph O'Donnell.
Back in April, O'Donnell, 55, was arrested and charged with two counts of larceny after accepting a $12K advance from a family expecting a funeral, but then closed down his business, and ran off with the money. O'Donnell is presently being detained on those charges, and has plead not guilty. He goes before a judge on Friday.
Suffolk DA says human reamins found in a Weymouth storage facility linked to fmr funeral director Joseph O'Donnell pic.twitter.com/vvLtWDo8Ah
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Prosecutors do not believe any of the bodies found died in a violent manner. It is evident that O'Donnell was plainly stashing corpses for financial gain, and authorities are presently working to identify the remains of those found.
Conley said, "Our top priority right now is determining the identity of the remains we’ve discovered. We've seized records and documents that could help us locate those people’s families, but this will be a time- and labor-intensive task."
O'Donnell had been operating a O'Donnell and Mulry Funeral Home in Dorchester, Massachusetts without a license since 2008, and is being held on a $10K bail.
Anyone with concerns about funerals or cremations that were conducted by O'Donnell should contact the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office at 617-619-4010.
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