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Reno Funeral Home Evicted From Self-Storage for Storing Embalmed Bodies

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This week, News 4 of Reno, Nev., ran a story about a local funeral home that has been storing embalmed bodies at Airport Warehousing Mini Storage. Apparently, the business has been doing so for several years.
As a result of the discovery, Reno-Tahoe Airport, owner of the storage facility, has evicted Washoe Memorial from its premises. The funeral home has until the end of the month to move out.
According to local News 4, which checked with the Washoe County Health Department and the Nevada Funeral Board, there are no laws or regulations concerning the storage of bodies.

Will Leahy, owner of Washoe Memorial, said the bodies are stored in caskets in a large refrigerated unit and his business is fully licensed. He said the storage facility provided a cost-effective solution for his business, though he admits to not telling customers where the bodies were being stored. He will now store bodies at a local crematorium.
Source:, Fact Finder: Embalmed bodies stashed in rented storage unit

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