Arrest Warrant Issued for Former Funeral Home Owner

Published on February 16, 2024

Denver Police, the Denver Office of the Medical Examiner and the Denver District Attorney’s Office Continue Investigating Discovery of Deceased Woman’s Remains and Additional Cremated Remains Found During an Eviction

Denver – Friday, February 16, 2024 – Today, the Denver Police Department (DPD) announces an arrest warrant has been issued for 33-year-old Miles Harford for investigation of Abuse of a Corpse, Forgery and Theft related to the discovery of a deceased woman’s remains and professionally cremated remains (cremains) among property left by Harford at a house he was renting in the 2500 block of South Quitman Street. Investigators have previously been in contact with Mr. Harford – who is believed to be in the Denver area – and are now working to facilitate the arrest for this warrant.

Background: On the morning of Tuesday, February 6, 2024, personnel from the Denver Medical Examiner’s Office (OME) and DPD were called to the house regarding a suspicious occurrence. The reporting person was in the process of cleaning the residence after evicting Mr. Harford when the property owner located boxes of cremains and reported the discovery to Denver Sheriff Department deputies who were at the location for the eviction. While processing the scene, investigators from DPD and OME also inspected a hearse that was parked on the property, which contained the body of a deceased female and additional cremains.

Investigators subsequently learned Mr. Harford owned Apollo Funeral and Cremation Services in Littleton, which has been closed for business since September of 2022.

The body found in the hearse was identified as a 63-year-old woman who died of natural causes in August of 2022. It is believed the body had been stored and concealed in the hearse since shortly after her passing. Investigators contacted the deceased woman’s family who shared that Mr. Harford had previously provided them what they believed to be the cremains of their loved one, which have since been given to the Office of the Medical Examiner.

Through the investigation thus far, OME believes the cremains of potentially 30 decedents have been recovered. Investigators are cross referencing state databases and/or information from labels on the outside of the urns to identify the cremains to facilitate their return to their families.

Next Steps: Any clients of Apollo Funeral and Cremation Services who did not receive the cremains of a loved one, or experienced any irregularity with, or had concerns about, the services provided by the funeral home, are encouraged to call the Denver Police Major Crimes Division and Denver Police Victim Assistance Unit at 720-913-6610.

In addition to OME, DPD investigators are working with the Denver District Attorney’s Office on this case. Investigators continue investigating and ask for anyone with information to please contact Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP.

It is important to note that there is no known connection between this case and the funeral home investigation occurring in Fremont County, Colorado.