PROVIDENCE -- On Friday, July 25, 2014, the Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) Office of State Medical Examiners took into custody six bodies and the cremation remains of two other individuals that had been found at the Pennine Funeral Home, 28 Grove Street, Providence.
The license holder and sole proprietor of the facility, Alfred Pennine, died July 21 in New Hampshire. The Department of Health was contacted by a visitor to the funeral home who discovered that the bodies were not in proper storage, a violation of state regulations.
The State Medical Examiner is conducting an investigation to determine the identity of the deceased, as well as determining the next of kin. The department will contact surviving family members as this information become available.
Alfred Pennine's death leaves the funeral home without a funeral director of record. As a result, on Friday, July 25, 2014 HEALTH issued an Immediate Compliance Order that suspends the funeral home's license and orders the funeral home to cease all funeral home operations. The order prohibits any support staff or others associated with the business from conducting any funeral directing or embalming services.
The Department of Health has notified the Providence Police Department.