NILES, OHIO: Authorities will be allowed to return or dispose of dozens of sets of cremated remains that were found at a northeast Ohio funeral home after it was sold at a sheriff’s sale.

The Vindicator newspaper in Youngstown reports a judge has approved the return or disposal of the remains of 41 people.

In court documents, a prosecutor says most of the remains have been claimed, but a few have gone unclaimed or unidentified. She says authorities are making arrangements to dispose of those remains in a dignified fashion with help from the state funeral directors’ board.

The remains were confiscated from a funeral home building in Niles. Its director’s license was revoked, and it is under investigation for the alleged mishandling of $150,000 in prepayments made for funeral services.