Sunset Mesa Funeral Directors body ‘scheme’ trial to be held in Grand Junction; reactions mixed

People who used Sunset Mesa Funeral Directors for funeral arrangements gather at a memorial service in Delta in 2019. The trial for the Montrose mortuary's indicted operator and her mother is to now take place on the Western Slope, rather than in Denver. (Montrose Daily Press/file photo)

The trial for an indicted Montrose former mortician and her mother will be held in Grand Junction, rather than in Denver, a decision that prompted mixed reaction from the alleged victims.

Megan Hess, former operator of Sunset Mesa Funeral Directors and an associated business, Donor Services Inc., was indicted last year on multiple counts of mail fraud involving more than 30 decedents, and on three counts of transporting hazardous materials — the body parts of decedents who had hepatitis-C.

Katharhynn Heidelberg is the Montrose Daily Press assistant editor and senior writer. Follow her on Twitter, @kathMDP.

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