Advanced Care Funeral and Cremation Services in Sacramento has been shut down.
The California Cemetery and Funeral bureau suspended their licence, shutting them down for mishandling remains.
The state had received several complaints that their loved ones’ remains were not delivered. When the state looked into the problem, they found the remains in funeral coolers. They were not cremated like they were supposed to.
“He essentially violated the law and violated the trust of the people,” said Russ Heimerich with the California Cemetery and Funeral Bureau.
This caused the state to close Advanced Care’s doors.
While this was going on, Lisa Evans, sister of the deceased Morris Carruth, was looking for her brothers remains, but since the business shut its doors, she couldn’t find anyone with the company to help her.
Evans turned to FOX40 and we went to the state and informed them of the lost remains. Fewer than 24 hours later, we called Evans with the good news that her brother’s remains were found at the home of Jermaine Odom, an employee of Advanced Care.
“I thank you guys from the bottom of my heart. I am just happy that we found him,” said Lisa Evans.
The state contacted Jermaine Odom, who admitted to having the remains. They demanded that he send the remains Tuesday. Carruth’s remains should arrive in Southern California by Thursday.
Jermaine Odom says he is not a bad person, he just got behind. He was understaffed and simply didn’t have enough time to get everything done.
He also said he tried to mail the remains to the family but they were returned, but he admitted not trying again until Tuesday, when the state contacted him.