UPDATE: Cedrick McMillian turned himself in to Metro Jail around 10AM Wednesday, according to the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office. 

Investigators say he violated the state’s SORNA law for working within 2000 feet of a daycare, since he is a registered sex offender. 

The Sheriff’s Office says it plans to interview McMillian about a possible illegal cemetery on Cheeseman Avenue in Prichard. 

He operates Heritage Funeral Home on Broad street, which was raided this week by deputies.They also raided New Ship Ministries Church in Prichard which he is affiliated with. Investigators received reports of empty caskets and foul odors coming from the church.

Deputies say the raids come after several people claimed they paid for caskets for their loved ones, but they’re not sure their loved ones are still buried in those caskets.

“I’ll say if some of the allegations prove to be true, it’s probably one of the most bizarre cases that I’ve dealt with,” said Captain Paul Burch with the Sheriff’s Office. 

MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — Mobile County Sheriff’s Deputies are searching for a man after “empty coffins and foul odor” were found inside a Mobile church.

Cedrick McMillian has a criminal history, including charges of sodomy and sexual abuse involving a 14-year-old. He now has three felony warrants against him.

Tuesday, investigators searched New Ship Ministries Church on Wilson Avenue after receiving information from several families about their loved ones who passed away. They were buried in a cemetery run by McMillian and Joseph “JoJo” Bonner. Investigators have been looking into the operations of the cemetery, which led them to the church. Inside, they discovered “empty coffins and a foul odor.”   

Bonner is renting New Ship Ministries for his ministry, and it’s not supposed to be used as a funeral home. If you have any idea where deputies might be able to find McMillian, call the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office. 
 

UNEDITED PRESS RELEASE FROM MOBILE COUNTY SHERIFF:

On Friday, May 17, 2019, Mobile County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant on New Ship Ministries Church on Wilson Avenue.  MCSO received information from several families about their loved ones that had passed and were buried in a cemetery  which was run by Cedric McMillian and Joseph Bonner (JoJo).

Investigators with the Mobile County Sheriff’s office have been looking into the operations of the cemetery which led them to the New Ship Ministries Church on Wilson Avenue. Friday, Investigators found empty coffins and a foul odor coming from inside the church.  Joseph Bonner is renting New Ship Ministries Church for his ministry, however, the contract clearly states that it is not to be used a funeral home. Investigators are looking into Bonner’s relationship with Cedric McMillan who owns the funeral home, Heritage Funeral Home.

Today, May 21, 2019, MCSO Investigators continued their search warrants on two locations;  Heritage Funeral Home at 953 Broad Street and Cederick McMillian’s home at 6116 Porters Avenue.
If anyone has any information, please call 251-574-8633.  You may also go to our website, www.mobileso.com/crimetips/ and provide information anonymously.

Currently, Cederick McMillian has 3 felony warrants and we are actively searching for his whereabouts. 

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