FUNERAL HOME INVESTIGATION GOES TO DA

January 05, 2002 12:00 am

Brookings Police Department Detective Barbara Palicki announced earlier this week that the Scantlin Mortuary investigation has been completed.

Every thing has gone to the district attorney, Palicki said.

The investigation has been ongoing since early 2001 when Terence Saylor, who purchased the mortuary business from Wes Scantlin, filed for bankruptcy.

Following the bankruptcy announcement, many Brookings-Harbor residents began to question the status of burial trust and insurance accounts purchased from or transferred to Scantlin when he operated the business.

Representatives from the Oregon Justice Department, the Oregon State Mortuary and Cemetery Board, and the Brookings Police Department met with owners of those accounts in Brookings last March to answer questions.

At that time the authorities explained that investigations of this sort can take years to resolve.

They also reassured concerned customers that they would get their money back, one way or another. They were told that in case of default by Scantlin, a state customer protection fund would provide reimbursement.

Palicki said the Oregon attorney generals office is assisting the Curry County district attorney in the case.

If Scantlin is found guilty of misappropriating any of the funds, he could face charges of theft, aggravated theft, or racketeering, Investigating Auditor Arthur Ebelmesser from the Justice Department told inquirers at last springs meeting.