Phi Psis find evidence of house’s history as funeral home
Garret Yuter and Jeffery Mergara didn’t realize that pledging a fraternity would entail finding full coffins in the basement of their fraternity house. However, the two stumbled upon a decades-old casket beneath some old bed sheets in the back room under the basement stairs.
Mergara described the terror he experienced as he and Yuter peeked inside.
“The smell…the smell, was just awful. We tried to keep it together, but I must have puked like four times.” Mergara said.
The two recent pledges of the Phi Psi fraternity contacted the local coroner to have the body removed and identified. It is still unclear how or why the casket was left in the fraternity house’s basement.
The funeral home director that used to own the house and surrounding property was unavailable for comment, and has apparently been missing for some time.