Crematory employee caught with 93 containers of human remains in house

KING, NC — A crematory employee in North Carolina was found to have 93 'containers of cremated human remains' at his home according to police.

The employee, James Massie, worked at Cremation Services Inc. in Winston-Salem and was responsible for disposing the remains, believed to be from unclaimed bodies.

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In a release from the King Police Department, the employee claims he was transporting the remains to dispose of (due to lack of space at the crematory), and had 93 containers of cremated human remains at his home on Faye Court.

Investigators said he did have permission from his boss at the crematory to keep the remains at his home until they could be properly disposed of.

According to Susanne Blair, the owner and manager of the crematory, she gave Massie permission to bring the sets of human remains home with him because he planned to scatter them in the Blue Ridge Mountains the next day. She says he was trying to save time because he lives in King, on the way to the destination. 

Bone fragments and cremated remains were found in a trash can for pickup on Jan. 31 at his home. King police confirmed the remains were human.

Blair says one of the containers used to store the remains had a hole in it, and a handful of human remains ended up on the ground. She said later on, Massie found the contents and put it in the trash, but he did not realize they were human remains. 

"It was human error," she said Wednesday.

Blair said the North Carolina Board of Funeral Services issued an order for suspension on March 30. The hearing for this case is May 10 in Raleigh. 

Massie is still an employee for Crematorium Services, and Blair said she had no plans to fire him.

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