The Hendersonville building once rented by the funeral home. (Mar. 19, 2013/FOX Carolina)
HENDERSONVILLE, NC (AP/FOX Carolina) -
A Hendersonville man said he's still grieving his father's death two months later, and it's only getting worse because his father's ashes are missing.
Hendersonville police said South Park Funeral Home was shut down and told to leave the property they were renting as part of a state investigation, keeping customers from receiving their loved ones' remains.
William Suggs' father, Claude Suggs, died Jan. 15. He said he trusted 53-year-old Richard Mosley, a friend who owned the funeral home, to have his father cremated. Suggs said he was told it would take three to four weeks before his father's remains would be back.
After two months, he has yet to get his father's remains and said he's been on an emotional roller coaster since police told him the state funeral board shut his friend's funeral home down.
"I started talking to Rick, and he just kept giving me the run-around. So I called the magistrate, who referred me to the city police, who said he was being investigated," Suggs said.
The Henderson County Clerk of Criminal Courts Office told FOX Carolina that Mosley faces 16 counts of obtaining goods via false pretense as part of the North Carolina Board of Funeral Services' investigation. The Associated Press reported that Mosley's charges were connected bad checks he wrote and that he was also charged with obtaining embalming chemicals last summer without a proper license.
Mosley said the state funeral home board shut the business down, and they seized everything left inside.
"Our building was seized by the landlord, and we were not able to get back in the building to get any files or anything in there," Mosley said. "The local police department advised us it was a civil matter. I explained (that) to Mr. Suggs."
Hendersonville police said the case of missing remains is under investigation, and no charges have been filed in reference to Suggs' claims.
Copyright 2013 FOX Carolina (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Tuesday, May 21 2013 3:08 PM EDT2013-05-21 19:08:59 GMT
Two Bristol men were arrested for allegedly stealing $25,000 worth of scrap metal from a business in Southington.Gary M. Desrochers and Nicholas B. Marin are accused of stealing 39,000 pounds of "tool-gradeMore >
Two Bristol men were arrested for allegedly stealing $25,000 worth of scrap metal from a business in Southington.More >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 6:03 PM EDT2013-05-21 22:03:06 GMT
A family spokesperson told Eyewitness News that the body of a missing Eastern Connecticut State University student was found dismembered. Alyssiah Wiley was last seen since April 20 when she said she wasMore >
A family spokesperson told Eyewitness News that the body of a missing Eastern Connecticut State University student was found dismembered.More >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 3:46 PM EDT2013-05-21 19:46:33 GMT
ESPN says that it is cutting its workforce. The sports media giant said in a statement Tuesday: "We are implementing changes across the company to enhance our continued growth while smartly managing costs."More >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:16 PM EDT2013-05-22 02:16:08 GMT
Residents in tornado-stricken Moore, OK, await news on missing love ones Tuesday, a day after a massive tornado devastated the city, killing at least 51. Rescuers worked all night, with particular attentionMore >
The tornado, with winds up to 200 mph, cut a 20-mile stretch as wide as two miles through the Oklahoma City metro area. The medical examiner's office reported 24 people died, including nine children. More >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 8:26 PM EDT2013-05-22 00:26:23 GMT
A Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been issued for the all of northern Connecticut until 9 p.m.National Weather Service officials said people should be on the lookout for threatening weather and to pay attentionMore >
Tornado and severe thunderstorm warnings were issued in Litchfield county Tuesday evening as severe weather moved into the state.More >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 11:55 AM EDT2013-05-21 15:55:17 GMT
A 18-month old baby was found not breathing at a home in Enfield Monday afternoon.Officers were called to a home on Cottage Green in the Thompsonville section of the city. Investigators found the babyMore >
Enfield police said they were investigating the death of a 19-month-old boy that was reported Monday evening.More >
Monday, May 20 2013 7:12 PM EDT2013-05-20 23:12:34 GMT
Wallingford police are looking into three college-aged girls who are going door to door looking to make more than just a sale, they're looking for a place to stay.Neighbors from East Side Drive, MeadowMore >
Wallingford police are looking into three college-aged girls who are going door-to-door looking to make more than just a sale, they're looking for a place to stay.More >
Monday, May 20 2013 11:48 PM EDT2013-05-21 03:48:15 GMT
A woman has been arrested after she allegedly locked her four young daughters out of their home for days at a time.A witness told police that the four girls, ages 7, 5, 3 and 1, had been in the same dirtyMore >
A woman has been arrested after she allegedly locked her four young daughters out of their home for days at a time.More >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 9:09 PM EDT2013-05-22 01:09:17 GMT
Happy Saturday, Rain is on its way – as expected – but it will not hamper the entire weekend. Early this morning, there will be low clouds, fog and drizzle in many parts of Connecticut. This will haveMore >