Whaley accused of stealing pills from the dead
by Kyle Mills
A former funeral director in Indian Trail faces charges that he stole oxycodone pills from corpses at his his place of employment. James Whaley was arrested and jailed on a $75,000 bond for drug trafficking.
Whaley, who was terminated from his job at Heritage Funeral Home in Indian Trail, was arrested after being transported to CMC-Union due to an alleged suicide attempt. According to authorities, Whaley was in possession of almost 100 oxycodone pills that did not belong to him.
Lt. Chase Coble with the Union County Sherriff’s office said that medics grew concerned and called deputies after coming to believe the pills didn’t belong to Whaley. The deputies later determined Whaley had stolen the pills from a corpse he was preparing for burial.
Harris High, owner of Heritage Funeral Home, stated that Whaley never seemed to do anything out of the ordinary.
“He was a good employee, so it’s really sad,” High said. “Our business is built on trust and integrity, so this was something completely out of the ordinary.”
High said Whaley had been terminated in August due to unrelated issues after nearly four years of employment.
“Sometimes you just have to understand that you can’t control each and every employee,” said High. “Things change, but this will not affect our business.”
Despite the recent events, Heritage Funeral Home has yet to receive any complaints from any other