It's not often our California Statewide Law Enforcement Association (CSLEA) members who are field representatives with the California Cemetery and Funeral Bureau are in the spotlight, but this month their investigative work has been in the headlines up and down the state.
"It's heartbreaking to hear what some of these families have been through," said CSLEA President Alan Barcelona. "Hopefully the work done by our investigators can begin to bring them piece of mind."
Acting on consumer complaints that bodies were missing and cremated remains were not delivered, our field representatives moved in and suspended the license for Advanced Care Funeral and Cremation Services in Sacramento.
One field representative went the extra mile, according to Russ Heimerich, a spokesperson for the Cemetery and Funeral Bureau. Heimerich told CSLEA, that field representative went the distance and was able to obtain a tracking number and find the cremated remains for a family in Los Angeles.
"Our field representatives investigate and inspect what goes on in the funeral industry, " said Tom Ineichen, president of the California Association of Investigators and Inspectors (CARII). "They provide a great service to Californians. Often their inspections and investigations lead to criminal prosecutions."
"These CSLEA members work year round to make sure our loved ones are respected after death," said Barcelona. "No family dealing with the loss of a loved one should be distraught with having to find their relative's missing remains. The work of our field representatives with the Cemetery and Funeral Bureau often goes unnoticed, which means they're doing their jobs, helping to make sure families have peace of mind when their hearts are hurting."