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Funeral Home Accused of Combining Human Remains

1/24/2013


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The former director of an Indianapolis funeral home says he was told to combine human remains to cover for missing medical cadavers.

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David Eckert is suing Alpha Funeral Service, which owns Edwards Family Mortuary, after he says he was forced to resign in October. Eckert says he could not find the remains of three medical cadavers that were set to be given to IU's School of Medicine last summer.

Eckert claims he was told by owner Anthony Edwards to take care of the problem, and that he understood that to mean he was supposed to gather random remains and assemble them. Eckert says Edwards had performed the practice in the past. Eckert says he refused, but says he later found out Edwards carried out the plan to fix the random remains.

Eckert is seeking lost wages and benefits, back pay, and compensatory damages. Alpha Funeral Services has denied the allegations.

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