This Family was Secretly Selling Hundreds of Bodies
Wed, April 21, 2021

This Family was Secretly Selling Hundreds of Bodies

 

Nastassja Olson from Colorado decided to obtain the cremating services by Sunset Mesa when her mother died, although the owner of the funeral home had already given her the creeps. Her suspicion only grew when they wouldn’t let her family be alone with the body. After a few months, she learned that Sunset Mesa was under investigation. This is when she decided to look through her mother’s ashes. 

“I found a bunch of stuff in the ashes that just seemed like it shouldn’t really be there. A bunch of weird metal pieces — almost looked like metal tacks and screws,” she said.

 

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Unfortunately, Olson’s mother was one of the hundreds of bodies Megan Hess and Shirley Koch, owners of Sunset Mesa, have sold illegally. For almost a decade, the mother-daughter tandem would harvest the human remains intended for cremation and then sell them, illegally and without the families’ knowledge. They lied to the families and sold off entire corpses to educators, scientists, or people in the medical industry.

“Hess and Koch also delivered cremains [cremated remains] to families with the representation that the remains were that of the deceased when, frequently, that was not the case,” the authorities said. 

 

Credits: All That’s Interesting

 

According to All That’s Interesting, a site for curious people who want to know more about what they see on the news or read in history books, the suspects were able to offer lower “cremation” prices than their competitors due to their illegal scheme. “As a result, Hess was able to ensure a constant supply of bodies for her and Koch’s body broker services business,” the indictment said. Fortunately, both Hess and Koch would be facing up to 135 years in prison each.

 

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US Attorney Jason Dunn stated that both women not only betrayed the trust of grieving families “during one of the worst times in a person’s life” but also caused extremely unnecessary pain for them. “It is hard to imagine the pain and worry of those who used Sunset Mesa and not knowing what happened to their loved ones’ remains,” he said.

 

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