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.

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