Up to 60 bodies found in four trucks outside Brooklyn funeral home
Police in New York City have discovered dozens of bodies stored in four trucks parked outside a Brooklyn funeral home after someone alerted them to a bad smell.
NYPD investigators who responded to a 911 call on Wednesday found that the home had rented four trucks to hold almost 60 corpses, an official said.
At least one of the trucks was unrefrigerated, according to one law enforcement official. One source said the bodies were put on ice.
Comments made to CNN by another NYPD official claim that fluids were also reported dripping from the trucks parked outside The Andrew Cleckley Funeral Home in Brooklyn.
“They were like almost everyone doing their best to cope,” one source said.
The city has been the epicenter of the US coronavirus outbreak for weeks, with 17,589 confirmed and probable Covid-19 deaths, according to the city website.
Authorities are waiting for tarps and equipment to move the bodies into a larger truck, two sources said.New York has freezer trucks that funeral homes can use if they are overwhelmed, and the city sent one to hold the bodies, CNN affiliate WABC reported.
Eric Adams, Brooklyn Borough President, told the New York Daily News: “While this situation is under investigation, we should not have what we have right now, with trucks lining the streets filled with bodies.”
He added, “it was people who walked by who saw some leakage and detected an odor coming from a truck.”
John DiPietro, who owns a neighboring property, said he had seen the bodies being stored for several weeks.
“Funeral directors are required to store decedents awaiting burial or other final disposition in appropriate conditions and to follow their routine infection prevention and control precautions,” said the state health department regarding the incident on Wednesday.