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February 6, 1998 | DAVAN MAHARAJ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The state is investigating allegations that an Anaheim mortuary firm stockpiled dozens of boxes of cremated remains that it had been hired to scatter in the ocean. Investigators with the Department of Consumer Affairs raided the offices of Southwest Mortuary Service this week, seizing metal bins containing the remains of more than 40 people, officials said.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 6, 1998 | DAVAN MAHARAJ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The state is investigating allegations that an Anaheim mortuary firm stockpiled dozens of boxes of cremated remains that it had been hired to scatter in the ocean. Investigators with the Department of Consumer Affairs raided the offices of Southwest Mortuary Service this week, seizing metal bins containing the remains of more than 40 people, officials said.
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June 19, 1998 | THAO HUA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Vincent Craig's last wish was to have his ashes scattered off the New England coast. But after agreeing to donate his body to UC Irvine's medical school for research, that request vanished in the school's bureaucracy. Now, his family says, they have no ashes--and no closure. "I can't put my hands on anything to say goodbye to him," said widow Helen Veronica Craig. "To me, I feel like he's around somewhere."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 3, 1999 | KATE FOLMAR and JEFF GOTTLIEB, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Not many 27-year-olds would choose to face mortality every day, but Christopher S. Brown has long felt at ease with the dead. An embalmer by trade, Brown credits his unusual interest to his days as an altar boy at funeral Masses and the encouragement of a family friend in the Orange County coroner's office. Brown's frame is husky and his pale skin shows the telltale trait of someone who spent his days in a chilled basement laboratory alone. Yet his ruddy cheeks hint at good humor.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 19, 1998 | THAO HUA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Vincent Craig's last wish was to have his ashes scattered off the New England coast. But after agreeing to donate his body to UC Irvine's medical school for research, that request vanished in the bureaucracy. Now, his family says, they have no ashes--and no closure. "I can't put my hands on anything to say goodbye to him," said Helen Veronica Craig, the widow. "To me, I feel like he's around somewhere."
NEWS
September 18, 1999 | BONNIE HARRIS and JEFF GOTTLIEB and PETER M. WARREN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A new medical school scandal hit UC Irvine as officials revealed Friday that they are investigating whether parts of bodies donated for research were improperly sold and whether cremated remains were returned to the wrong families. Medical school officials have fired the director of its Willed Body Program, called in the district attorney and set up a toll-free number for family members in an effort to determine whether ashes were properly returned to relatives.
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