- Associated Press - Friday, August 15, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The cremated remains of 43 additional people have been found during the investigation of a former Providence funeral home owner who killed himself last month, state health officials said Friday. That brings the total number of human remains found to 54.

Of the 45 cremated remains found during the investigation of the Pennine Funeral Home, 43 have been identified, according to the Department of Health. The next of kin has been identified for all but one.

Department spokeswoman Christina Batastini said two cremated remains were found during the initial inspection of the funeral home’s mortuary. Forty-one more were found later when all of the buildings on the site were checked, and two were found during the ongoing police investigation, she said.

Last month, five bodies stored for several years and one fetus were found at the defunct funeral home, along with the two cremated remains. Five of the bodies have been identified. The Health Department said the individuals died between December 2001 and July 2013. An adult male who likely died at least 10 years ago has not been identified, it said.

Police said Thursday that the remains of two adults and a baby were found in a storage unit that had been rented to the funeral home’s director, Alfred Pennine, who committed suicide July 21 in New Hampshire, according to authorities. The Health Department has tentatively identified the baby.

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