Funeral home director arrested after bodies found in garage

Janet Powell-Dailey. Image courtesy the Philadelphia Police Department via AP

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – A Philadelphia funeral director has been arrested and charged with abuse of a corpse months after three decomposing bodies were found in a garage.

The Philadelphia Police Department says Janet Powell-Dailey was taken into custody Thursday. They say the 72-year-old ran Powell Funeral Home and owned the adjacent garage in the Strawberry Mansion neighborhood in north Philadelphia. The funeral home had been operating without a license since 2012.

In August, police investigating a foul odor discovered the bodies. One was in a coffin and two others were in cardboard body boxes.

Court records listing Powell-Dailey’s attorney weren’t immediately available. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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