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Officials: Unlicensed mortician had remains of 50

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By DENISE LAVOIE
Associated Press

BOSTON (AP) - Authorities say they have found 12 bodies and the cremated remains of more than 40 other people in self-storage units rented in the name of an unlicensed Massachusetts funeral director.

Joseph O'Donnell was being held on $10,000 bail in a larceny case when investigators found cremated remains Wednesday at a Somerville self-storage business. On Thursday, they found 12 sets of human remains at a similar business in Weymouth.

Suffolk District Attorney Daniel Conley said no foul play is suspected and investigators are working to identify the remains.

O'Donnell's funeral director's license lapsed in 2008. A message seeking comment was left with his attorney.

Conley's spokesman said no charges have been sought against O'Donnell in the discovery of the human remains, but authorities are "approaching it as a criminal investigation."

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