INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - State investigators have found boxes of cremated human remainsat the office of an Indianapolis funeral director who lost hislicense in October of 2008.
Marvin Boatright's license was permanently revoked, after stateregulators said he was continuing to work as a funeral directordespite a suspended license.
Since his revocation, Boatright was locked out of his office inMarch when he couldn't pay the rent. He claims the building's ownerdidn't contact him to remove his office files or belongings.
Friday, the building's owner allowed investigators with theIndiana Professional Licensing Agency to take records fromBoatright's business including pre-planning contracts for funeralservices Boatright arranged while he still had his license. Recordsinvestigators say he failed to produce earlier.
While there, investigators discovered more than 30 boxes ofcremated human remains, apparently unclaimed by families. Theremains were taken to another funeral home for storage andidentification.
Boatright came to WISH-TV briefly Wednesday. He wouldn't speakon camera, but said he is appealing his revocation and hopes to bea licensed funeral director again someday.
"I've buried multitudes of families who did not have all themeans necessary, I've given financial breaks. I've done anythingthat a servant of the town can do. And so I'm asking that mylivelihood not be taken away," said Boatright.
For now, his business card lists him as a funeral consultantworking out of a temporary chapel, his church. He assists otherfuneral directors, but can't make arrangements, and can't embalmbodies, even though his e-mail address contains the wordmortician.
Funeral experts I-Team 8 talked with for this story said it'snot unusual for funeral homes to store cremated remains that areunclaimed by family members.
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