Cremated remains of 89 people found by 'urban explorer' in abandoned Ohio church

Hardin is already facing 37 counts including racketeering, tampering with records, identity fraud, operating an unlicensed funeral home and abuse of a corpse.

1/15/2022 4:50:00 AM

Hardin is already facing 37 counts including racketeering, tampering with records, identity fraud, operating an unlicensed funeral home and abuse of a corpse.

Hardin is already facing 37 counts including racketeering, tampering with records, identity fraud, operating an unlicensed funeral home and abuse of a corpse.

Ohio investigators seized the cremated remains of 89 people from an abandoned church after they were discovered by a woman calling herself an"urban explorer."The cremains were found at Greater Faith Missionary Baptist Church in Akron, Ohio, on Tuesday after the woman entered an open door.

After discovering the cremains stored in boxes and bags, she contacted the Ohio State Bureau of Embalmers and Funeral Directors, resulting in the state investigation.Shawnte Hardin, the senior pastor and owner of the church, is currently under house arrest in Columbus, Ohio. He is already facing 37 counts from September in various Ohio counties, including racketeering, tampering with records, identity fraud, operating an unlicensed funeral home and abuse of a corpse.

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