Remains found in investigation of funeral director


BOSTON (AP) -- An unlicensed Massachusetts funeral director accused in April of stealing from customers is due back in court a day after prosecutors announced they found human remains in storage areas linked to him.

No new charges have been announced against 55-year-old Joseph O’Donnell of Boston. He’s been held on $10,000 bail after pleading not guilty in the theft of $12,000 in funeral prepayments from an elderly couple. It’s unknown who represents him.

The Suffolk County district attorney said investigators found multiple sets of remains at a public storage facility in Weymouth on Thursday and also seized cremated remains at a storage facility in Somerville on Wednesday.

District Attorney Daniel Conley said no foul play is suspected in the deaths. He said investigators are working to identify the remains, and determine if there are more problems with payments O’Donnell received.


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