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25th February 2010, 12:23 PM #1Member
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Embalmed Bodies Stashed in Storage Unit!
Fact Finder: Embalmed bodies stashed in rented storage unit
Page Last Updated: Thursday February 25, 2010 8:51am PST
Joe Hart-News 4
To most people its a startling revelation: For years, a local funeral home has been storing bodies in a rented storage unit on Vassar Street in Reno.
The practice, however, is about to come to an end.
News 4 has learned that the Reno-Tahoe Airport, which owns the storage facility, has evicted Washoe Memorial because it doesn't want bodies stored there any longer. The funeral home has until the end of the month to move out.
"Its just not something the airport wanted to be associated with," said airport Spokesman Brian Kulpin.
Will Leahy, the owner of Washoe Memorial, says the bodies are stored in caskets inside a large rented warehouse at Airport Warehousing Mini Storage. Leahy says the unit is refrigerated and that his business is fully licensed.
News 4 checked with the Washoe County Health Department and the Nevada Funeral Board. It turns out there are no laws or regulations concerning the storage of bodies.
Leahy says the storage facility provided a cost-effective storage solution for his business. He admits he did not tell families that their loved ones remains were stored off-site in a rented facility. Leahy says in the future he will store the bodies at a local crematorium.
25th February 2010, 01:09 PM #2
these "stored" bodies are waiting to be buried....WHY? This is just creepy. I can't believe there are no laws or ordinances concerning this. What a great argument for me NOT having climate-controlled storage.Have you ever stopped to think and forgotten to start again?
25th February 2010, 01:26 PM #3
ewwwwwwwwNo Good Deed Goes Unpunished
25th February 2010, 01:44 PM #4Senior Member
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Maybe they should start chrging rent by the body, er, person.Bob Taylor (Astro)
Blue Ridge Self Storage
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25th February 2010, 01:44 PM #5Community Manager
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let me second that eeeewwwww. there's gotta be some laws against this.Amy Campbell
25th February 2010, 02:25 PM #6
Ok gang, seriously we are talking about Nevada here. After many experiences involving their legal system and statutes you'd be horrified at the lack thereof.
Try keeping your deceased brother's son from becoming a ward of the state while you prove kinship, or transfer property from a decedent to their spouse. Records are kept in little old fashioned places like pictured in old Wild West movies. If you're extremely lucky, some records are on micro-fiche. I'm not surprised at all about the body storage being allowed. Our undertaker experience for my brother was horrific.Gina 6k
Cochrane Storage dot com
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3rd March 2010, 04:42 PM #7Member
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Here in Michigan, bodies are stored during the winter waiting for the ground to thaw so they can dig. BUT none in this storage. We did have someones dad's ashes.Bill & Dawn
Shelby Road Self Storage
4th March 2010, 01:34 PM #8
I shall also join in the EWWWWWW's!! I just read this and wow! It is funny because I specifically say to people when going over their lease, Do not use the unit for anything but dead storage, BUT NO DEAD BODIES!!!! I told that to a police officer once who rented here and he said Do you tell that to everyone?? And I said YES Sir!!!! And No Meth Labs either!!!Stephanie Tharpe
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A+ Storage of Tennessee, LLC