Philly funeral director charged after decomposing bodies found


PHILADELPHIA — A funeral director is facing charges after authorities reported finding decomposing bodies and human organs in a west Philadelphia funeral home, the second such incident in two weeks.

Police said a state inspector went to the Hawkins Funeral Home in west Philadelphia on Monday and found two decomposing bodies, an embalmed body in an unventilated room, and "two unmarked non-medical bags that contained human organs."

Police said 52-year-old Blair Hawkins was charged Tuesday with three counts of abuse of a corpse. Hawkins had told WCAU-TV on Monday it was all a misunderstanding, that the bodies were going to be cremated and such bodies aren't refrigerated.

Last week, a foul odor led police to three decomposing bodies in a northwest Philadelphia garage owned by a funeral home with an expired license.