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Winston-Salem crematory employee had 93 sets of human remains at King home

KING, N.C. -- The King Police Department says it received a complaint from a neighbor who noticed bone fragments and cremated remains around trash cans in the neighborhood.

A police investigation found a neighbor, James Massie, as the person responsible for the remains. Police say Massie accidentally dropped a container of remains in his driveway when taking it out of his car and scooped the remains into the trash.

Massie works for Cremation Services Inc. in Winston-Salem, and according to police, was allegedly transporting remains from unclaimed bodies to find a proper place to dispose of them since the crematory was out of space.

Police say Massie had 93 containers of cremated human remains at his residence. Investigators confirmed he did have permission to store the remains at his home from the crematory director, Susanne Blair, until they could find a proper place.

Police filed a report with the Stokes County District Attorney and were told there is no violation of state law and no need for criminal action in this case. King police then filed a complaint with the North Carolina Board of Funeral Services.

On March 30, the board suspended Cremation Services’ license. A suspension order says the crematory must stop performing any activities, duties and obligations that require a crematory permit. The board has scheduled a hearing on May 10 at 10:30 a.m. for this case.