This article originally appeared on The Philadelphia Tribune.
Philadelphia Police are investigating dozens of boxes of what appears to be cremated remains left inside a shuttered Black-owned funeral home in North Philadelphia.
Police searched the former Baker Funeral Home, at 2008 N. Broad St., on Friday afternoon and found the boxes containing what they believed to be cremated remains, a police spokesman said. Police were able to enter through a rear garage door.
The investigation began after The Philadelphia Tribune received a tip from two self-described “urban explorers” who had trespassed in the building in March and photographed the boxes on a desk.
The “urban explorers,” who asked not to be named because what they do is considered a crime, shared the photos with the Tribune. The photos show more than three dozen boxes — some in plastic bags. Many have “Cremation Certificate” labels with people’s names on them. Many of the labels include the name Ivy Hill Cemetery, which is in Northwest Philadelphia, and some have dates as far back as 2000.
In two photos, a plastic bag of what appears to be cremated remains rests beside a small black box, all of which is positioned in front of stacks of dozens of other boxes.
Baker Funeral Home was shuttered in September 2017. (Michael D’Onofrio/The Philadelphia Tribune)
One of the “urban explorers” who found the remains said the funeral home has become “very popular” in their circles…