Quebec undertaker who abandoned bodies is found dead

Patrick Fortin, owner of Fortin funerary complex of Epiphany. (PIERRE-PAUL POULIN / QMI AGENCY...

Patrick Fortin, owner of Fortin funerary complex of Epiphany. (PIERRE-PAUL POULIN / QMI AGENCY AGENCY)

Stephan Dussault, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:53 AM ET

MONTREAL — A debt-ridden Montreal-area funeral-home director who vanished after abandoning bodies in his parlour has been found dead.

Police in the Montreal suburb of Terrebonne, Que., say the body of Patrick Fortin, 42, was found on Tuesday.

That's the same day Quebec's consumer protection office ruled he had to transfer 3,000 funeral files to a competitor.

Police haven't ruled out a suicide, says police Capt. Sylvain Theoret.

Quebec's health ministry revoked Fortin's undertaker license last month.

QMI Agency previously reported that Fortin vanished while nine corpses remained in storage for a month, waiting to be buried.

He has been fined $280,000 over the past eight years for failing to deposit clients' funeral payments as required by law.

Fortin also owes $1.4 million in mortgages, back taxes and personal loans.


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