Modesto Funeral Services Business Remains Under Investigation

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When the story of a Modesto funeral services business that was under investigation broke, Willie  Cotton ran to her locket to see if her husband’s  remains were inside and she found nothing.

Cotton has not been able to sleep since because she wants answers.

“We have no peace; I have never heard of anything like this, I have never planned a funeral, I never cremated no loved one,” she told FOX40.

More than 72 hours ago, the Stanislaus County Coroner’s office pulled 17 bodies from the McGuire Cremation & Funeral Service. It took them months to respond to complaints because they couldn’t seize the bodies from the funeral home without permission from family members.

Once the coroner’s office got permission they removed the bodies and identified them all. But Cotton still wondered if she had the right remains.

“There has never been any allegation as to anyone being wrongfully identified and given to the wrong family. Absolutely not,” said Stanislaus County Deputy Coroner Thomas Killian.

Cotton thinks someone should still pay for her heartache.

“That’s crazy. He needs to be prosecuted,” said Cotton.

Authorities say Shawn McGuire, who runs the place, has not been arrested. He remains under investigation and could face possible criminal and civil charges.

Meanwhile, Bay Area Cremation and Funeral Services has agreed to help with the proper disposition of the bodies for family members at no charge.

Kimberly Easton filed this report.


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