Megan Hess Mug

Megan Hess former Sunset Mesa Funeral Director and Donor Services

In a move U.S. Attorney Jason Dunn says he hopes can help bring some closure for victims, federal authorities on Tuesday arrested the operators of the now-closed Sunset Mesa funeral home in Montrose on allegations that they illegally sold body parts or entire bodies of deceased people without the consent of their families.

Megan Hess, 43, and her mother, Shirley Koch, 66, were arrested without incident and appeared before a U.S. magistrate judge in Grand Junction to be advised of their rights and the charges pending against them, the Department of Justice said in a news release. Both pleaded not guilty Tuesday to six counts of mail fraud and three counts of illegal transportation of hazardous materials.