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EPA delays demolition for Return to Nature Funeral Home in Penrose

Posted at 7:43 PM, Dec 18, 2023
and last updated 2024-01-12 20:47:26-05

PENROSE, Colo. — The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has delayed the demolition of the funeral home in Penrose where 190 bodies were found improperly stored.

The demolition, which was originally scheduled to start on January 17th, 2024, has been delayed because of final logistical arrangements and cold temperatures expected.

The EPA says that the Return to Nature Funeral Home must be demolished to safely deal with all medical, biological, and hazardous materials. At this time, the EPA has not set a new date for the demolition.

Funeral home owners Jon and Carrie Hallford are currently facing charges including abuse of a corpse, fraud, and money laundering.


Fremont County Sheriff Allen Cooper says his office was notified in early October about an odor coming from the funeral home on Werner Rd. After deputies searched the building in what was described as a "horrific scene," a multi-agency investigation into the property and business was launched.

News5 Investigates has learned state records say the owner, Jon Hallford, told the Colorado Program Director of the Office of Funeral Home and Crematory Registration Zen Mayhugh he practiced taxidermy at the property.


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The document also said Hallford "attempted to conceal the improper storage of human remains" at the funeral home.

If you believe that you or your loved one might be a victim, you are asked to fill out this questionnaire and if you have further questions, you can email them to If you do not use email, you can call the Fremont County hotline for families at 719-276-7421.


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