Officials announced they are accepting inquiries from anyone who believes they are a victim of a Montrose funeral home's actions and would like to have suspected human cremains tested.
The FBI issued a public announcement late today stating that it will be conducting selected testing of cremains from customers of Sunset Mesa Funeral Home in Montrose, which was raided earlier this month and is under investigation. It's not clear what exactly the funeral home is being investigated for, but the business came under fire recently for its operation as a body-parts broker as well as a funeral home.
The state of Colorado has suspended the business' license to operate as a funeral home, citing an investigation that revealed some customers received concrete instead of human cremains as well as other violations.
"Given the public response to the investigation, the FBI is developing a questionnaire to assist with the investigative process," the agency said Friday. Anyone who believes they may be a victim or who has valuable information can fill out the questionnaire.
If you believe you are a victim, please email your contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The agency said it would contact individuals that it believes may have information relevant to the agency's investigation.
"The FBI will be testing a select set of cremains (ashes) as determined by the investigation," it said. "The FBI Lab, or any other lab that may be used, likely cannot test for DNA to determine if cremains (ashes) are from a specific deceased individual (decedent). Testing will only determine whether cremains (ashes) are a foreign substance or from the cremation of a human."
The agency said it could not promise it would test all substances that were represented as cremains but is looking for a reliable testing option for the public.
"There is a large amount of information to process and the investigation could take some time. Thank you for your patience," the FBI release said.