Philly funeral director arrested for abuse of corpse


Philadelphia Police have arrested a 72-year-old funeral home director for leaving bodies to rot in a garage in North Philly in the heat of summer.

Janet Powell-Dailey, of the 5500 block of Wissahickon Avenue, was charged with corpse abuse in the grizzly case.

Back in August,Police were called to the garage on the 2600 block of W. Hagert Street, near the Powell Funeral Home on N. 27th Street.

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Investigators found two cardboard boxes and a coffin with bodies inside.

Police said Powell-Dailey was paid to perform services, including cremation, but she did not do it.

She was taken into custody on Thursday night, police said. It was unclear why the arrest came three months after the gruesome discovery.

Powell was one of two Philadelphia funeral home directors under scrutiny for leaving human remains in unrefrigerated spaces.

West Philadelphia funeral director Blair Hawkins was arrested in September in a similar case.

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