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Tue 9:29pm: Whose cremains are where?

August 20, 2013
By ASHLEY NEWMAN - Tribune Chronicle , Tribune Chronicle |

Coming Wednesday...

NILES Scott Robertson stood in quiet disgust today on the back porch of his Gypsy Lane home, clutching an urn with a label of "Frances E. Robertson'' presumably identifying its contents.

"My biggest thing is, where are my father's remains?" Robertson asked. "I have a feeling I'm never going to find out, but I'm going to try."

Robertson was one of several Trumbull County families who awoke Tuesday with more questions than answers.

Over the weekend, authorities confiscated the cremains of 42 people from the Robert P. McDermott Funeral Home in Niles. Niles police under the direction of the Trumbull County Prosecutor's Office used a series of search warrants to collect the remains.

The majority of the confiscated remains were identified, but that's where confusion and frustration has set in for several area families.

Robertson's mother was given an urn when his father passed away in November of 2008, but his father's name also appears on the list of remains confiscated from the funeral home.

"I was shocked. As soon as I saw the headline, something told me 'I bet dad's name is in there.' Sure enough, there it was," Robertson said. "We had the whole thing paid up the morning of the service at the church with the urn.

"We believed that was my father's remains in there," he said.

Robert P. McDermott declined comment late Tuesday night.

McDermott has been under fire and currently is locked in a court battle to try to stay the permanent revocation of his state license for the business and credentials as a funeral director, according to an affidavit used to get the search warrants.

He is still awaiting a decision from Trumbull County Common Pleas Judge Peter Kontos on the sanctions taken by the board to revoke his licenses.

Read the complete story in Wednesday's Tribune Chronicle.



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