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Body stolen from Detroit cemetery before it could be buried

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By Amy Lange
Fox 2 News


DETROIT (WJBK) -- Gethsemane Cemetery on Detroit's east side is in the business of burying the dead, but an elderly man's body set to be laid to rest didn't make it into the ground.

We're told his funeral was held on Saturday.  His casket was stored in the mausoleum until Monday.

A source told us a cemetery worker had wheeled the casket out of the mausoleum for burial, but evidently was distracted by something and when he looked back, it was gone.

Police told us the man's son is believed to have stolen the casket, sliding it into his van and driving away with it around 10:00 a.m.  Why is still unclear, but we're told he purchased a large deep freezer and put it in the alley behind his house to place the body inside.  Detroit Police were searching for the son of the deceased.

The sign out front says the cemetery is under surveillance.  We tried checking in at the office for more information, but we were told it's under investigation and no comment.

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