GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - Families who had their loved ones cremated at Sunset Mesa Funeral Directors in Montrose, the funeral home accused of doubling as a body broker, have been left unsure of what's in their urn. One person who used the funeral home is speaking out, in the form of a freshly filed lawsuit.
Durango resident Terri Thorsby and her attorneys from Downs, McDonough & Cowan filed the lawsuit on Friday, January 4. The lawsuit said both of Thorsby's parents were cremated at Sunset Mesa Funeral Directors.
According to the lawsuit, the FBI sent Thorsby a letter in November which apparently said Thorsby's mother had been dismembered and sold without consent. Thorsby's attorney's wrote about the letter and said Thorsby's mother's pelvis, both arms from the shoulder down, right knee to her foot, left knee, and head were removed before cremation.
The FBI is still working on their investigation into Thorsby's father's remains.
Two civil suits have now been filed against Sunset Mesa, and one civil suit has been filed against Megan Hess, according to the Montrose County Courts.
The recent lawsuit stated Four Corners Cremation & Burial Society of Cortez made arrangements for the cremations at Sunset Mesa Funeral Directors. Thorsby's attorney's said they will be looking into the possibility other people knew what was happening at Sunset Mesa Funeral Directors.
KREX 5 News tried to call Four Corners Cremation & Burial Society, but their voicemail said they are currently closed. Another funeral home in the area told us Four Corners Cremation & Burial Society closed because of the Thorsby lawsuit.