SCI Funeral Services of Florida Loses Remains of a Family's Loved One

SCI Funeral Services of Florida, a national funeral services corporation that previously made headlines when thousands of individuals filed a class action lawsuit against it in 2001 alleging that the corporation had buried bodies in wrong places, stacked coffins one on top of another and occupied numerous plots that were resold at cemeteries it owned in Broward and Palm Beach Counties, has again lost the remains of a family's loved one.

Ondina Guerra, on October 18, 2007, was shocked and horrified to learn that SCI had lost the remains of her father, Miguel Toledo, who had passed away in December 1990 and was buried at the SCI-owned South-Dade Memorial Park. Ondina and her children, Jessica Guerra and Raciel Guerra, just days after losing their mother and grandmother, Ondina Toledo, the wife of Miguel Toledo, went to bury her in the plot next to Miguel, which they had been visiting, praying and placing flowers at for 17 years. The cemetery informed the Guerra family during their time of grief that they had lost Miguel Toledo's remains and that they had no idea where he was. Two weeks have passed and employees of South-Dade Memorial Park and SCI still have not located Miguel Toledo's remains. The Guerra family continues to live distraught with the uncertainty of where the body of their beloved father and grandfather may be.

The attached lawsuit has been filed by Ondina Guerra, Miguel Toledo's surviving daughter, and Jessica Guerra and Raciel Guerra, his surviving grandchildren. SCI is no stranger to lawsuits regarding their business practices. In 2001, a very public class action lawsuit was filed against SCI alleging numerous improper burial and cemetery practices, including the alleged misplacing of bodies and desecration of graves, at the Menorah Gardens Cemeteries in Broward and Palm Beach County. The State of Florida also filed charges against SCI in 2002 seeking to stop Menorah Gardens and SCI from operating those cemeteries for similarly horrific acts of impropriety.

The family will be holding a press conference tomorrow afternoon, Thursday, November 1, 2007, at 1:30 p.m. at the Law Offices of Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, 11440 North Kendall Drive, Penthouse 400, Miami, Florida, 33176. For inquiries, please call (305) 595-2400 or email us.