HAZELWOOD (KDKA) — Pittsburgh police and the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s office searched a former funeral home and recovered a dozen containers of what appeared to be cremated remains.
Pittsburgh police’s homicide squad, the SWAT team and the ME’s office executed a search warrant on the Sauvageot Funeral Home in Hazelwood Friday morning.READ MORE: Rep. Conor Lamb, Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick Tour Southern U.S. Border As Part Of Congressional Delegation
The owner, Mark Sauvageot, lost his license in 2009 after an incident where he stowed a woman’s body in his garage. He closed his business and left the area.
Friday, police found containers marked with names and dates.
“When you cremate someone they’re put in a standard container, they’re identified with a label, they’re identified in a box,” Allegheny County Medical Examiner Dr. Karl Williams said. “Twelve of them appeared to be in that category – that’s what you’d expect from a standard cremation.”
“There’s only one other bag that has something in it and I at this point don’t know exactly what that is,” he added.READ MORE: Pittsburgh Weather: Foggy Start, Warmer Afternoon Temperatures
Crews also found the decomposed bodies of five dogs in coffins. Some may have been there 10 years. They were hauled to a landfill.
The ME says it’s hard to comprehend.
“Unusual doesn’t really cover it,” Dr. Williams said. “Exceptional would be a better description. No, I mean, this is completely beyond what any practice should be obviously.”
Beryl Powers says her sister’s remains were found. She died five years ago.
“It’s closure,” she said. “Just like if you have a person killed overseas in the military. As soon as the body’s home, people have closure and that’s what we needed.”MORE NEWS: FDA, CDC To Call For Pause Of Using Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine Due To Blood Clot Concerns
Police are now investigating whether any charges will be brought against Sauvageot.