A funeral director in Jeffersonville, Indiana, has pleaded guilty to theft after 31 corpses and 17 sets of cremated remains were found on his premises.
Randy Lankford pleaded guilty to the over 40 felony theft charges for failing to properly carry out his responsibilities to properly dispose of bodies.
Lankford, who will be sentenced in June, may face up to 12 years in jail and financial penalties towards the families of those affected.
Lankford Funeral Home and Family Center was first investigated in July 2022 after a powerful odor was reported near the building.
Police found dozens of bodies unrefrigerated in different rooms of the funeral homes.
Randy Lankford agreed to surrender his and the facility's licenses in 2022.
The move came after Attorney General Todd Rokita's office filed for emergency license suspensions with the State Board of Funeral and Cemetery Service.
The funeral home's air conditioning also went out, potentially causing others in the area to smell the odor. Many of the corpses had been there for an extensive amount of time.
Many of the bodies found on the premises "were in the advanced stages of decomposition," according to local police.
Additionally, Lankford repeatedly lied to clients about the disposal or cremation of their deceased loved ones.
In multiple instances, the funeral home provided cremated ashes to clients — claiming them to be the remains of their deceased loved one — only for the person's actual remains to be found in the building.
Cynthia Faye Cook and Jeffrey Lorey allege that Lankford Funeral Home gave misleading information about the cremated remains of their daughter, Nicole Dallas Lorey.
They say the funeral home told them the company didn't have a container in which to send her remains.
Fox News Digital's Adam Sabes and the Associated Press contributed to this report.