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Funeral director held for court in corpse abuse case

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

A Lancaster County funeral home owner has been held for court on charges he abused corpses and stole from families who paid for cremation services.

Benjamin M. Siar Jr., 42, appeared for a preliminary hearing Wednesday before District Judge Joshua Keller, who sent the case to county court and scheduled a formal arraignment for April 24.

Siar was then returned to the Lancaster County Prison, where he is being held on $250,000 cash bail. He faces four counts each of theft by deception and abuse of a corpse.

Authorities said Sire was paid more than $13,000 by four families for funeral and cremation services that were never provided.

The bodies were in various stages of decomposition when police searched the funeral home in Conestoga in late January and found the remains on a basement table, in a cooling unit, and in a cardboard box in the garage, investigators said.

According to prosecutors, 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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