WADESBORO, N.C. — A confession in court led police to two bodies in a former funeral home Wednesday.
Mary McLendon, the former director of McLendon Funeral Home on North Greene St., was in court and has been sentenced to 6-17 months in prison for obtaining property by false pretenses.
Investigators said she failed to take a body to the crematorium despite accepting money from family members for funeral costs.
That corpse was never recovered.
In court, a judge ordered she reveal where she had been keeping the body.
Police said McLendon led Wadesboro officers to a back room inside her former funeral home Wednesday afternoon where investigators discovered a corpse wrapped in cloths in a casket.
During the search, authorities found a second body inside the funeral home.
Police say it will take time to identify the bodies because they are both so badly decomposed.
Investigators are also working to determine when the bodies were placed in the funeral home because it has been shut down for the past two years.
McLendon lost her license to run a funeral home back in 2012 after three bodies were discovered inside that had not been properly disposed of. McLendon did not face criminal charges in that case.
Investigators said McLendon could now face additional charges.