KANSAS CITY, Mo.—The State of Missouri announced Tuesday it will shut down Mart's Funeral Home in Westport after several violations. The funeral home is set to close March 11.
The owner of the funeral home appeared in court on Tuesday and tried to prove he is making progress and deserves to stay open.
There are a number of allegations against the funeral home, including money issues and coolers that do not meet code. The state said the funeral home took money for pre-need funeral services, even though they did not have the right licensing to do so.
There are also allegations that the funeral home failed to store bodies properly. State inspectors found Marts stored bodies at 50 degrees, which is 10 degrees warmer than the law allows.
Hadley Cutberth says that Marts gave him the wrong ashes last summer after his wife, Soledad, was cremated. Marts' attorney says that his client is an honest man who has been demonized by the media, but Cutberth says that is just not the case.
"It's not by accident he's done this," said Cutberth. "It's very deliberate. We don't yet know all the reasons why. But, I suspect as time goes on and his doors are closed, there's going to be more and more people surface who have been wronged by him."
The temporary manager of the Marts' building was given 60 days to vacate as of January 31.
The State Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors is still overseeing the funeral home until it closes on March 11. If you have problems or concerns you need to report to the state, you can call them at (573) 751.0813 or visit http://pr.mo.gov/embalmers.asp.
The state also encourages consumers who have complaints to call the Attorney General's Consumer Affairs Unit at (800) 392-8222 or file a complaint online at http://ago.mo.gov/consumercomplaint.htm.