Indiana police officers find 31 decomposing bodies at a funeral home after locals alerted them to a foul smell

Dozens of decomposed bodies were discovered after locals alerted police to a foul stench coming from an Indiana funeral home, where some of the deceased had been piling up for months.

Jeffersonville police conducted the grim search at the Lankford Funeral Home on Friday, where they found 31 decomposing bodies along with the cremated remains of at least 16 other people.

An air conditioner at the Middle Road funeral home stopped working, which is believed to have increased the odor of the bodies, “some of which were in advanced stages of decomposition,” Maj. Isaac Parker said in a statement reported to the Louisville Courier Journal.

The funeral home owner has reportedly defaulted on processing the deceased, some of whom have been piling up since at least March, a source told WDRB. No one has been charged with a crime, but the funeral home is under investigation.

Lankford Funeral Home remains closed as police conduct their investigation after 31 decomposing bodies were found - some of which have been piling up for months

Lankford Funeral Home remains closed as police conduct their investigation after 31 decomposing bodies were found - some of which have been piling up for months

Lankford Funeral Home remains closed as police conduct their investigation after 31 decomposing bodies were found – some of which have been piling up for months

Dozens of decomposed bodies were discovered Friday after locals alerted police to a foul stench coming from an Indiana funeral home. Pictured: Investigators dress in hazmat gear

Dozens of decomposed bodies were discovered Friday after locals alerted police to a foul stench coming from an Indiana funeral home. Pictured: Investigators dress in hazmat gear

Dozens of decomposed bodies were discovered Friday after locals alerted police to a foul stench coming from an Indiana funeral home. Pictured: Investigators dress in hazmat gear

The Lankford funeral home owner has reportedly defaulted on processing the bodies, many of which have been piling up for months. The funeral home is located on Middle Road in Jeffersonville

The Lankford funeral home owner has reportedly defaulted on processing the bodies, many of which have been piling up for months. The funeral home is located on Middle Road in Jeffersonville

The Lankford funeral home owner has reportedly defaulted on processing the bodies, many of which have been piling up for months. The funeral home is located on Middle Road in Jeffersonville

According to the personnel directory on the funeral home’s website, Randy Lankford is the owner.

Kenny Kersey, who told WAVE his family has been in the funeral business for decades, said Lankford gave him a tour when he bought the business.

“He took us to a side room with about five bodies on stretchers, and I thought that was pretty strange at the time. Normally they’re supposed to go in the fridge or straight to embalming,” Kersey said.

A woman commented on WAVE News’ Facebook page that she had been waiting for her brother’s ashes for almost three months. Lankford replied to her emails that he was out of the office due to personal family issues.

Police told WAVE they are in contact with Lankford.

Jeffersonville Police responded to the funeral home after a complaint about the smell was filed last week.

Parker said police worked through the night and into the morning and found 31 bodies “some of which were in advanced stages of decomposition,” along with the remains of 16 other people after cremation.

The Jeffersonville Police Department, the Clark County Sheriff’s Department and the Indiana Police Department are investigating the situation at the funeral home, which is located on Block 3100 of Middle Road in Jeffersonville — just across the Ohio River from Louisville.

“We are working with the Clark County Attorney’s Office to ensure the investigation is efficient and successful,” Parker said.

Lankford Funeral Home is under investigation but no one has been charged with a crime

Lankford Funeral Home is under investigation but no one has been charged with a crime

Lankford Funeral Home is under investigation but no one has been charged with a crime

The remains have all been sent to the Clark County Health Department to confirm their identities and notify their loved ones

The remains have all been sent to the Clark County Health Department to confirm their identities and notify their loved ones

The remains have all been sent to the Clark County Health Department to confirm their identities and notify their loved ones

The remains have all been sent to the Clark County Health Department to confirm their identities and notify their loved ones.

“We understand that this will be a situation where we will really need the help of these families,” Parker added. “I am sorry that they have already suffered a loss and are now struggling with this situation. We urge anyone with information to please contact us.’

The Jeffersonville Police Department detective department can be reached at 812-285-6535.

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