Former funeral home owner arrested after hoarding cremains, hiding corpse in hearse for 2 years

The former owner of a Colorado funeral home has been arrested following allegations that he hoarded the remains of dozens of people and hid a body in a hearse for nearly two years, authorities confirmed Friday.

Miles Harford, 33, was taken into custody late Thursday night, after Englewood police received a report of an intoxicated man in the 4800 block of South Fox Street, 9 News reported.

An earlier warrant for Harford’s arrest in Denver lists potential charges of abuse of a corpse, forgery of a death certificate, and theft of money paid for a woman’s cremation. Denver District Attorney Beth McCann previously said additional charges are possible.

Harford owned and operated Apollo Funeral and Cremation Services in Jefferson County from 2012 to September 2022. His arrest comes about a week after investigators found the body of 62-year-old Christina Rosales in a hearse at Harford’s rental home while serving a court-ordered eviction.

According to 9 News, the property owner gave Harford the boot after discovering boxes of cremains in a crawlspace.

Rosales, who had been diagnosed with early onset dementia and later Alzheimer’s disease, died in mid-2022. According to the arrest affidavit, her family had paid $1,200 for her be cremated months before her death, but authorities suspect Rosales had been in the hearse since shortly after she died.

The subsequent investigation uncovered the cremated remains of at least 35 people at Harford’s home, believed to belong to those who passed away between 2012 and 2021. Some were inside the residence while others were in the hearse and a U-Haul parked out front. Authorities have so far been able to identify 18 of those cremains.

Harford reportedly told police he hid the woman’s body in the hearse after being unable to find a crematorium to process her corpse. He said he had been “denied service” by multiple businesses due to outstanding debts. He then provided Rosales’ family with the cremains of someone else, according to Denver Police Commander Matt Clark.

Investigators are asking that any clients of Apollo Funeral and Cremation Services who did not receive the cremains of a loved one, or have concerns about the services provided by the funeral home, call the hotline set up by the Denver Police Major Crimes Division and Denver Police Victim Assistance Unit.