DENVER (CBS4) – Lake County Coroner Shannon Kent was completely stripped of his means to legally conduct cremation or funeral house providers within the state, the Colorado Division of Regulatory Companies introduced Tuesday.
The ban takes impact instantly.
Kent owned in complete or partially crematories and funeral properties in Leadville, Gypsum, Silverthorne, Buena Vista, and Idaho Springs whereas doubling because the publicly elected coroner of Lake County. He nonetheless retains that workplace.
Kent’s license to function two of the Western Slope companies were suspended by the state in October after Lake County authorities carried out an unannounced go to on his home-based funeral house in Leadville.
Within the basement of the Kent household residence, investigators discovered an unrefrigerated physique, mounds of used medical gloves and physique baggage, and tilting stacks of paperwork.
Lake County Sheriff Amy Reyes described shedding her footing as a result of swimming pools of physique fluid on the ground. She and a sergeant reduce the preliminary foray by means of the basement quick because of the odor of decay and considerations for his or her well being.
“I used to be starting to really feel sick, weak, light-headed,” Sheriff Reyes wrote in a report. “I ended the search.”
Reyes included hand-written notes subsequent to pictures taken throughout the investigation.
The go to was a part of the Lake County Sheriff’s Workplace investigation into alleged improper documentation and suspicious components in a set of cremated stays. An unidentified girl filed a criticism with the division in February relating to the mishandling of a kid’s stays. Testing revealed the toddler’s cremated stays contained a mix of steel and the physique of an grownup.
No prison expenses have been filed on account of the investigation.
The affected companies are Bailey-Kent Funeral Dwelling in Leadville, the Everett Household Funeral Dwelling and Crematory (additionally doing enterprise as Kent Funeral Dwelling) in Gypsum, Runyan Mortuary in Buena Vista, Runyan-Kent Mortuary in Silverthorne, and Hegmann Funeral Service, Inc. (dba Hegmann-Kent) in Idaho Springs.
Kent was elected Lake County Coroner in 2014 and re-elected in 2018.
Kent got here beneath scrutiny in a separate case in March 2019. He was indicted for using his wife as a deputy coroner regardless of a her lack of certification.