30 Bodies Removed from Mortuary, Some Stacked Outside a Cooler

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Arkansas Crime Laboratory officials and the Pulaski County coroner’s office have removed about 30 bodies from a suburban Little Rock funeral home after its license was temporarily suspended.

An inspector reported this month finding bodies stacked atop each other in a cooler at Arkansas Funeral Care in Jacksonville while other bodies decomposed outside the cooler. The state Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors suspended the licenses of the mortuary and its manager, LeRoy Wood, during an emergency hearing Wednesday.

Crime Lab director Kermit Channell II told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that the bodies were being taken to the coroner’s office and the Crime Lab for holding until families are notified.

Wood was at the scene and declined comment.

The state board plans a formal hearing on the matter Friday.