FREMONT COUNTY, Colo. (KKTV) - The Fremont County Sheriff described the scene inside a Colorado funeral home as “horrific” tied to a criminal investigation.
The funeral home in question is based out of Colorado Springs but has a location in Penrose that is at the center of an investigation. Multiple people reached out to KKTV 11 News after they noticed a large law enforcement presence along Highway 115 Wednesday night into Thursday. Law enforcement, including the FBI, were investigating the site of a funeral home, Return to Nature Funeral Home.
The Fremont County Coroner says the investigation started when community members reached out about an odor coming from the facility. When officials made entry, they found dozens of bodies improperly stored creating a “hazardous scene,” according to Fremont County Coroner Randy Keller. Keller says they are in the process of removing the bodies.
“This is going to be a very, very lengthy process,” Keller explained. “The loved ones at this facility will be treated with the utmost care and respect.”
DNA and forensic records will need to be completed to identify all of the bodies, an investigation that could last several months. Fremont County declared a disaster emergency, making state resources available to them. The FBI is supporting the investigation.