Eleven unrefrigerated bodies discovered at Maine cremation business

A cremation business in Maine has been shut down after investigators discovered the remains of 11 people were left unrefrigerated for weeks.  

Affordable Cremations Solutions in Lewistown had its operations suspended and its owner Kenneth Kincer’s funeral license was revoked on Monday following an investigation by the state, according to the Lewiston Sun Journal.

Maine’s Board of Funeral Services first got wind of the appalling tactics taking place in April, when complaints came in that Affordable wasn’t allowing family members to retrieve bodies.

An investigator who visited the business last week reported an overwhelming ‘odor of decomposition’ and observed a ‘reddish brown fluid on the floor’ before spotting bodies that were not properly stored.   

Affordable Cremation Services had its business operations suspended following a state investigation which revealed they left 11 bodies unrefrigerated and rotting

Affordable Cremation Services had its business operations suspended following a state investigation which revealed they left 11 bodies unrefrigerated and rotting

‘The health and physical safety of the public are in immediate jeopardy,’ Chad Poitras, chairman of the Board of Funeral Services, wrote in the state’s order.

The suspension is for 30 days and Kincer is forbidden from practicing any aspect of funeral service, pending a formal hearing with the Board of Funeral Services.

After multiple people reported to the state that Affordable wasn’t releasing bodies, Kincer received a letter from the regulators regarding information and to find someone else to designate an alternative licensee to proceed over the matter.  

No response was provided by Kincer.  

When an investigator came around on April 8, the building was locked. Kincer, who ended up being there a week later, told state officials he was ill at the time.

Kenneth Kincer told state regulators he was ill on numerous occasions while investigators tried to find him to get answers after several complaints were filed about Affordable's business practices

Kenneth Kincer told state regulators he was ill on numerous occasions while investigators tried to find him to get answers after several complaints were filed about Affordable’s business practices

During the second visit, the investigator discovered that five uncremated remains were unrefrigerated, yet no odor of decay. 

In a follow-up visit on June 8, the investigator came across three bodies that had been at the business since April and five that had been there since May. 

And on June 10 the investigator discovered 11 bodies that were left unrefrigerated.  

One of those bodies was too large to be put in a body bag and found in an unsealed box, the investigator said. 

He also reported seeing a reddish, brown fluid on the floor, flowing down into the drain. 

This forced the state to immediately take action and shut down Affordable because the situation was deemed too hazardous. 

The state’s Office of Vital Tactics also revealed it had obtained two complete and one incomplete death certificates from Affordable between April 27 to June 8.

Neither Kincer or his attorney could be reached for comment.  

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