Six our bodies and 154 cremated stays have been present in a California warehouse earlier this month, in line with police.
The Alameda County Sheriff’s Workplace mentioned the stays have been present in Hayward on March 1. The warehouse was linked to an unlicensed crematory named Oceanview Cremations.
Oceanview Cremations’ license was suspended in 2018 however continued to function for years after. The enterprise apparently assured grieving members of the family that their family members’ ashes had been dispersed correctly.
“Relations indicated that after their calls to Oceanview Cremations’ proprietor, Robert Smith, went unanswered, they believed their family members had been cremated or scattered at sea as requested,” the sheriff’s workplace wrote.
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Not solely was the enterprise unlicensed, however the warehouse was additionally not licensed to retailer stays.
“My member of the family has been ready 3 months and nonetheless not cremated however getting tons of excuses,” one reviewer mentioned on the enterprise’s Yelp web page. “Emotional stress associated to neglect of understanding the one you love will not be taken care is actual and this proprietor does not appear to care.”
Lt. Tya Modeste instructed FOX 2 San Francisco that the found stays got here into Oceanview Cremations’ possession between 2013 and 2021.
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“This challenge spans 15 counties with 64 of them being proper right here in Alameda County, so it is an enormous challenge,” Modeste mentioned. “There are such a lot of individuals who don’t know what occurred to their family members.”
All however one of many deceased have been recognized. Smith couldn’t produce a report in regards to the unidentified decedent’s loss of life or subsequent of kin.
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The Alameda County Coroner’s Bureau asks anybody who patronized the crematory previously to contact them at (510) 382-3000.