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Search completed in funeral home case

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Benjamin M. Siar Jr. Benjamin M. Siar Jr.

Authorities say they've finished their search a Lancaster County funeral home where four decomposing bodies were discovered last week.

Lancaster County District Attorney Craig Stedman said investigators are now going through records at the Gundel Funeral Home in Conestoga. The remains have been taken to the county's forensic center.

The owner of the funeral home, 41-year-old Benjamin M. Siar Jr., remained in the Lancaster County Prison on $250,000 bail Monday. He has been charged with four counts each of theft and abuse of a corpse.

Authorities said Sire was paid more than $13,000 by four families for funeral and cremation services that were not provided.

The bodies were in various stages of decomposition when police searched the business Thursday and found the remains on a basement table, in a cooling unit, and in a cardboard box in the garage.

According to Stedman, one of the bodies was that of a 2-year-old Lancaster girl who was the victim of a homicide, while the other remains were those of elderly women who had died since December 20.

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