MODESTO — Its website still is online and its phone answering machine continues to record messages, but Modesto's McGuire Cremation and Funeral Service isn't supposed to be in business.
McGuire's license from California's Cemetery and Funeral Bureau has expired, and the state has cited the service for "unprofessional conduct."
In May, Stanislaus County officials removed 17 bodies from McGuire's Seventh Street business after families complained that they couldn't get their loved ones' remains returned.
The state then cited the company for violating the health and safety code and the business and professional code.
McGuire "demonstrated unprofessional conduct ... with its inability to obtain the necessary documentation from the local registrar to effect decedent disposition," the citation explained.
The state ordered McGuire to "immediately cease and desist" operations until it could "achieve full compliance with all provision of the Funeral Directors and Embalmers Law."
The business apparently closed down instead. It moved out of its Seventh Street facility, and it allowed its operating license to expire June 30.
The Cemetery and Funeral Bureau opted not to fine McGuire. Despite its May 16 citation, the agency's website still lists McGuire's license status as "clear" and it states there is "no information available" about disciplinary actions.
That site shows McGuire was licensed to operate from June 30, 2009, through June 30, 2013, and the service last was inspected April 17, 2013.
Owner Shaun McGuire could not be reached for comment Tuesday by The Bee. Messages were left on the company's answering machine and its website.