BEAVER FALLS (KDKA) — Police are investigating after they say a body was found inside a former funeral home in Beaver Falls.
Investigators say two women who bought the building at a sheriff’s sale found the body in a body bag in the embalming room.
Police aren’t sure how long the Leavell Funeral Home has been closed.
The coroner identifies the body as that of 53-year-old Roland Brown of Beaver Falls. He died in early September, and investigators do not suspect foul play.
A sign on the front of the building lists George Wise as the one-time director and supervisor. In a phone interview with KDKA, Wise describes it as an unfortunate situation.
Wise says he was waiting for a signature from Brown’s family before the body could be cremated. Brown’s family lives near Cleveland.
He also says he was surprised to find the home had been sold.
Beaver County District Attorney Anthony Berosh says the home is in deplorable condition.
Berosh says facilities with connections to Wise were also searched in Midland and Aliquippa, but nothing was found.
He says Wise does have a license to be a funeral director.