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Families worried about bodies in Weymouth storage unit

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DORCHESTER, Mass. (WHDH) - Family members who planned funerals with Joseph O’Donnell are worried after a dozen bodies were found in a storage locker in Weymouth Thursday.

Investigators said O’Donnell has been operating a funeral home without a license since 2008. When bodies of a dozen people were found at the Weymouth unit and remains of more than 40 cremated people in a Somerville unit, investigators said there was a link to O'Donnell.

“It’s an absolute nightmare, one second I want to cry the next I want to scream,” Caitlin McLaughlin said. “I know I’m not alone. The more that I hear and read I know this too shall pass and everything is going to be OK, we’ll find answers.”

McLaughlin’s father, Robert Lyons, died in 2012. His funeral plans were handled by now 55-year-old O’Donnell.

April Hopkins went to O'Donnell for three cremations; her son, her granddaughter and her mother.

"They're supposed to be cremated in their little urns, who’s to say that's them?" Hopkins said.

Police arrested O’Donnell after an elderly couple reported that he allegedly stole money from them that was supposed to be a pre-payment for their funerals.

O’Donnell didn’t appear at a court hearing for the original charges of theft Friday. He remains behind bars and is due in court again in August.
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