UPDATE 10/9/12 @ 9:45 p.m.
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) -- Authorities say it's been difficult to locate relatives to claim the cremated remains of 56 people found at a southwest Ohio house.
The labeled, dated boxes of remains were found last month stored in a closet at a Dayton house co-owned by a former funeral director.
The director of the Montgomery County coroner's office said Tuesday that eight boxes of remains were released to relatives and six or seven releases are pending relatives' calls. He says some distant relatives have indicated they will not pick up remains and want the coroner to handle them.
Authorities have not been able to notify or identify relatives for about 22 individuals. They plan to publish those in the local media in the hope that it will help them find next of kin.
Dayton Police Lt. Wendy Stiver says the 56 plastic boxes were found with documents from a funeral home. The boxes were found in a closet by a contractor hired to remove remaining items from the home.
The Montgomery County coroner's office was called to collect the remains. It said Tuesday the case is a priority but there's no time frame for it to finish the inventory and then seek the next of kin of the people who were cremated.
Police say the documents in the house were from the McLin Funeral Home. The Dayton Daily News reports the funeral home's license was revoked in January after a state investigation revealed code violations.
The funeral home's phone is disconnected.