No charges have been filed in that case, but the state is investigating.
"We realize that this is a very important issue to people who are already grieving," said Wanda Murren, a spokeswoman for the Pennsylvania Department of State. We're doing everything we can to address the situation." In addition to increasing inspections of funeral homes, she said, the state is examining the status of the licenses of all of Pennsylvania's 1,600 funeral homes.
Two unmarked, "nonmedical" bags nearby contained human organs, police said. John Walker of Southwest Detectives said police had identified Vaughan's body and that of the man on the gurney. Neither the body on the gurney nor the one in the body bag had been embalmed, Walker said.
By state law, funeral directors are required to embalm or refrigerate bodies within 24 hours of receiving them.
Gaither said he had removed his name from the business.
The Hawkins Funeral Home, as Hawkins was calling it when he was arrested Tuesday, has never been licensed, state officials said.
A state inspector arrived at the Hawkins Funeral Home around p.m.
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They found three bodies - one of them Harvey Vaughan's - decomposing in an embalming room. There was no refrigeration in the facility, no exhaust system to vent embalming fumes or the stench of decay.
Hawkins insisted to reporters at the scene that the entire incident was a misunderstanding.
"He told me that my brother was still inside," Natividad said.
Hawkins was arrested Tuesday for abuse of a corpse after state investigators, acting on a tip, showed up at his funeral home and insisted on inspecting the facility.