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Niles police believe most families received proper remains from funeral home under investigation

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NILES, Ohio - Police are telling customers of McDermott Funeral Home, that they likely have the correct remains of their loved ones.

Robert McDermott's licenses to operate were revoked in July. The cremains of 41 people in temporary containers were found during an investigation into his business practices.

Niles police tell 21 News that some of the cremains found were left behind by customers who either didn't pay for them or pick them up. But some of the ashes discovered were leftovers after loved ones were placed inside desired urns or containers.

Police say they've not been able to identify the remains found in two of the 41 temporary containers.

McDermott allegedly bilked 50 customers out of pre-paid funeral plans. According to court documents, McDermott testified to the Ohio Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors that the money lost could total more than $150,000.

McDermott has yet to talk with police and so far no criminal charges have been filed. The funeral home was sold to a local bank as part of a Sheriff's auction.

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