METTER, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia funeral home director is accused of leaving human remains in a shed behind his Metter business.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports the state Bureau of Investigation believes 70-year-old Percy Hodges was storing the bodies until they were claimed or funeral arrangements were made.

Hodges told authorities the bodies were stored in the 1980s or 1990s. The GBI is now asking for information on the bodies identified as Theresa McClarin, Leroy Dixon and Mamie Fredricks.

The GBI says a crew removing the shed last month found two containers and a casket that they tried to sell at a scrap yard. But one item opened while being offloaded and revealed human bones. Hodges was arrested Thursday on charges including abandoning dead bodies. It's unclear if he has a lawyer.

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