Seventeen bodies were removed from a downtown Modesto funeral home Friday after accusations that the business was taking too long to cremate them.
Dr. John Walker, Stanislaus County's public health officer, said he suspended permits for burial or cremation to McGuire Cremation & Funeral Service as of May 1 in response to several complaints "regarding delays in cremation of family members."
Sgt. Anthony Bejaran, the sheriff's spokesman, said there has been an investigation into potential criminal and civil violations with the business for the past several months. He would not say what criminal charges could come of the investigation or even if anyone was arrested Friday.