State officials ordered the business to close in July 2008 after a woman's body was found stored in an electrical room, where it had been kept for 10 months without being embalmed or refrigerated. Investigators later found several more decaying bodies.
In July 2009, the Missouri Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors revoked the men's licenses to practice as funeral directors and embalmers. The elder Warren continues to work at the Columbia funeral home. Its new owner, Reid Millard, hired Warren as a "funeral assistant" to perform physical labor.
One of the mishandled cases was the funeral of Tasha Loggins, 25, who died May 23, 2008. Her mother, Vanae Scott, paid Warren in full for the funeral, and a couple of weeks later he gave her an urn containing ashes he said were those of her daughter.
She kept the ashes in a cherished place in her home until her daughter's body was among several found unrefrigerated in the basement of the Warren chapel.
"It was devastating," Scott said. "For three months I had someone else's ashes."
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