A grieving woman described the moment she learned that the bodies of her deceased mother and father were among the hundreds of families who saw their loved ones’ remains sold off by the deranged owners of a Colorado funeral home.
The couple died within six days
Harry, 86, and Lillian Peacock, 76, died within a week of one another in 2013.
Prior to his death, Harry sought out a funeral package for him and his wife in order to spare his family the financial burden.
He landed on a deal from Sunset Mesa Funeral Directors in Montrose, Colorado.
Dead bodies sold off
Unknown to the family, the owners of the home, Morgan Hess, 48, and her mother, Shirley Koch, 69, were operating a scam in which they charged ‘body brokers’ a fee in exchange for corpses, unbeknownst to grieving families.
Sandy Wilson said she first learned that the FBI were investigating whether or not her parents were victims of Hess and Koch while in Disneyworld in 2017.
A year later, it was confirmed. ‘It’s been confirmed that dad’s heart and eyes were sold to a plastination company, and we don’t know what happened to the rest of his body.
‘As for Mom, they think they sold her body – like her whole body,’ Wilson’s sister told her, according to East Idaho News.
What is Plastination?
Plastination is a process used to preserve bodies so that they can later be used for research.
Hess and Koch were arrested in 2020 with Hess sentenced to 20 years in prison in 2023 and Koch sentenced to 15 years on mail fraud charges.
Authorities said the pair charged families $1,000 per cremation.
The daughter want answers
Following the revelation, Sandy told the newspaper that she had so many questions, most importantly, whose remains had her family been in possession of? Over time, some of answers were forthcoming.
‘The plastination company filled my dad’s eyes and heart with plastic. We don’t know if it went to a university or a place like that where medical students could study things, and we don’t know what happened to the rest of his body,’ she told East Idaho News.