June 20, 2009

Body found in shuttered funeral home

The body of an elderly woman dressed for a funeral and enclosed in a coffin was found in a closed funeral home in San Antonio, a mortuary employee said.

Ada T. Young died in 2004, the San Antonio Express-News reported Saturday. She was given a service in the chapel at the Forest Park Funeral Home but was never buried because her family did not pay for the service or interment.

Willy Hardy, a manager at the funeral home, said he had cared for the body.

I have always carried that body, Hardy said. Every time we went to a new location, I had that body with me. I helped them.

But he said his life has now become too stressed.

I have a very ill sister, and she's at hospice, and I had a tough week from an illness perspective, and I didn't get around to doing anything about it, he said. But she's been dead since 2004. And her granddaughter has not done anything about it.