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Container for cremated remains found empty; charges expected

Posted at 11:18 AM, Mar 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-18 17:47:25-04

MUSKEGON, Mich. — Additional charges are expected against a Whitehall funeral director after a container that was to have contained the cremated remains of a baby was found to be empty.

Muskegon County investigators on Friday dug up the container at Fruitland Township Cemetery and found it didn't contain remains of the 6-month-old child, who died about a year ago.

Muskegon County Sheriff Dean Roesler says he'll seek charges against Thomas Claude Clock III, who was to have handled the remains.

The Associated Press left a message Friday seeking comment from a lawyer for Clock.

Clock earlier was charged after authorities said he buried an empty urn in December and misled a family into thinking it contained a relative's cremated remains.  Days after being charged, Clock was arrested for drunk driving.

The Associated Press contributed to this report