Indiana State Police investigating Tipton funeral home

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TIPTON, Ind. (WTHR) - State police are investigating an allegation that a Tipton funeral director failed to properly bury at least four bodies as required by law.

In a release, ISP says Kevin Porter, 62, Tipton, was the subject of a probe.

Porter owns Porter Funeral Home, 726 East North Street, Tipton.

A June inspection of the funeral home by an examiner from the state's Professional Licensing Agency Board found that Porter "allegedly had an expired funeral director’s license. The inspection also revealed that purportedly 11 decedents had not been issued death certificates, and four bodies were observed in a non-refrigerated area."

A funeral director is required to have a valid funeral directors license to legally apply for death certificates.

Police served a search warrant at the facility Thursday afternoon and found four bodies inside. They were released to the coroner’s office. All four families have been notified and can now select another funeral home.

There are two other funeral homes in Tipton, and both have agreed to finish up anything that needs to be done so the death certificates can be issued and the bodies cremated.

Late Thursday, the Tipton County coroner's office confirmed that Kevin Porter had passed away on Thursday. No further information was released.

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