FORT WORTH, Texas -- Fort Worth police are investigating whether several bodies were left unattended after a mortuary service was told to move out of its building.
Police Sgt. Raymond Bush says the owner of the property a couple of weeks ago told Johnson Family Mortuary to vacate the building. He says the property owner returned Tuesday morning to find “multiple bodies” in the building but no workers.
Bush declined to say how many bodies were found. He says investigators are trying to determine if there were violations of state law dictating the disposal of a body.
Texas Funeral Service Commission attorney Kyle Smith says the business has a state license that expires this month. Smith says Johnson Family is the focus of five separate investigations by the commission.
Employees say the business held services as late as Saturday and the bodies were maintained in proper conditions.
The owner of the building called police after he entered the site Tuesday morning and found the bodies unattended.
Police didn't say whether the bodies were refrigerated.
Fort Worth police talked with the business owners as they searched the building while executing a search warrant. Employees of the Johnson Family Mortuary were also at the scene.
The mortuary is run by twin brothers Dondre and Derrick Johnson. The phone of the business was disconnected.
State records show multiple complaints made against the business. However, some at the scene said they received good service when they used the funeral home.
On the business' Facebook page, where the last post was made in June of 2013, the business was rated 4.5 out of five stars, with 55 ratings.
The Better Business Bureau showed one complaint made over the last three years.
The BBB rated the business a "B-" citing:
- BBB does not have sufficient information to determine how long this business has been operating
- One complaint filed against business that was not resolved
- BBB does not have sufficient background information on this business