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Woman wonders if urn from Niles funeral home contains mom's remains

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NILES, Ohio - The daughter of a McDermott Funeral Home client shares her story with 21 News, as she questions what's really inside her mother's urn.

Close to 40 containers holding cremated remains were found during a search at the Niles business Friday.

Though her mother's name was not on the list of containers found, Victoria Ramsey, of Niles, became concerned about her mother Jeanie's ashes after she learned of the discovery.

"I went to sleep last night wondering if the little bottle I feel in love with was really my mom or just trash," Ramsey says.

Ramsey treasures the receptacle that she thought held the final physical memories of her mother, who was her best friend. Ramsey joins other victims now speaking out with more questions that answers in relation to the funeral home's business practices.

It's likely Robert McDermott, the funeral home's former director, will face criminal charges after admitting to the state Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors, that he failed to place the money of 50 customers into pre-planned funeral contracts, monies that would exceed $150,000.

A seller of funeral goods or services is required by the state to deliver the monies received as payment for a pre-need funeral contract to the agent designated to hold those funds, like an insurance policy or receipt, within 30 days of the money being handed over.

McDermott's license to operate his business and director's license was revoked in July and McDermott has since appealed the Board's decision.

Ramsey says she called McDermott to make arrangements to meet with him in person Thursday, but when she went to the funeral home, he didn't show.

Ramsey was hoping he could somehow prove the ashes inside the urn she keeps at home really contained her mother's remains.

"I really want to look at him in his face and tell him 'if you got caught with your hand in the cookie jar, you're caught'," she says.

Niles police plan to meet with the Trumbull County prosecutor on the case and the Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors next week as the investigation into McDermott and the now closed funeral home continues.

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