Funeral home owner faces charge in 2nd empty urn case

Credit: WOOD TV

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WOOD) — A Muskegon County funeral home owner accused of burying empty urns is facing a new charge in connection to an infant’s bogus burial.

The Muskegon County prosecutor’s office filed a fraud charge against Thomas Clock, 60, on Tuesday. He is accused of deceiving a family into believing they were burying the remains of their 5-month-old son when in fact authorities said the urn was empty.

Clock, the owner of Clock Funeral Home in Whitehall, was hired in February 2015 to handle the funeral arrangements following the death of Ryan Zack, who died of complications of premature birth.

Ryan’s parents thought they had buried his cremated remains under a tree in the Fruitland Township Cemetery; however, when detectives dug up the urn last week, it was empty.

Clock is already facing a charge of fraud in a similar case involving the body of an 86-year-old woman, whose urn also was found empty at the Fruitland Township Cemetery.

On Monday, a court hearing for Clock was adjourned after he was rushed from his jail cell to the hospital. The cause of Clock’s medical issue and his condition are not clear.

The prosecutor said that Clock’s arraignment is not expected anytime soon.

The Clock Funeral Home in Whitehall is not connected to other Clock Funeral Homes along the lakeshore.


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