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11 Bodies Identified In Funeral Director Probe

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Massachusetts officials have identified 11 of 12 human bodies found in a storage unit during an investigation of an unlicensed funeral director.

A spokesman for the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office told The Patriot Ledger on Tuesday that medical examiners identified the bodies using dental and X-ray records, and the families have been notified.

Police found the bodies in a Weymouth storage unit July 17 while investigating theft allegations against 55-year-old Joseph O'Donnell of Boston. Authorities also found the cremated remains of more than 40 other people at another storage unit in Somerville rented by O'Donnell.

Officials say no foul play is suspected. O'Donnell hasn't been charged in connection with the bodies.

O'Donnell was charged in April with stealing $12,000 from an elderly couple who prepaid for two funerals.


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