ME works to identify remains found at funeral home
The Rhode Island medical examiner is working to identify bodies removed from a Providence funeral home.
NBC 10 obtained photos from a neighbor of the police and the medical examiner in the driveway of Pennine Funeral home on Grove Street on Friday.
The neighbor said the bodies were removed from some type of garage behind the home.
The Department of Health said the medical examiner took custody of six bodies and two cremated remains after someone visiting the funeral found they were not in proper storage and contacted health officials.
The owner of the facility, Alfred Pennine, died in New Hampshire last week, leaving no funeral director of record. The state suspended the home's license and ordered all operations cease.
Some neighbors who said they hadn't seen any funerals there recently were disturbed by the news.
"I feel like it's kind of disrespectful. I mean, bodies not being packed the way they should be," said Amber Desrosiers.
A Health Department representative said it had not received any recent complaints about the funeral home leading up to Friday's discovery.
Providence police said they had not received any complaints before the Health Department contacted them Friday.