- Associated Press - Friday, March 18, 2016

MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) - Additional charges are expected against a funeral director in western Michigan after a container that was to have contained the cremated remains of a baby was found to be empty when it was unearthed Friday, authorities said.

Thomas Claude Clock III is jailed in a similar case in which he is charged.

Investigators dug up the container at the Fruitland Township Cemetery in Muskegon County and found that it didn’t contain remains of the 6-month-old who died about a year ago, The Muskegon Chronicle reported (https://bit.ly/1PgmVgd ). Clock, 60, is believed to have handled the remains.

Sheriff Dean Roesler says he’ll seek charges for the empty container discovered Friday, and is still investigating whether cremated remains found in Clock’s funeral home should have been buried.

“It’s a very sad situation all around,” Roesler said.

The Associated Press left a message Friday seeking comment from a lawyer for Clock, who was charged in early March with fraud, attempted larceny by conversion of at least $1,000 and conducting mortuary services without a license after authorities said he buried an empty urn and mislead a family into thinking it contained a relative’s cremated remains.

The woman’s body was found in the back of Clock’s parked funeral van, authorities have said. Prosecutors said Clock was performing funeral and mortuary services without a license since Oct. 31 and that fraudulent burial took place Dec. 28.

Clock was the owner-operator of the now-closed Clock Funeral Home of White Lake that’s located in Whitehall. The case has prompted nearly daily calls to investigators from people concerned about whether their loved ones remains were handled properly. His funeral home is not affiliated with several others bearing the Clock name.

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Information from: The Muskegon Chronicle, https://www.mlive.com/muskegon

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