Police recently arrested a man for stealing his father’s corpse from a cemetery. Authorities say that Clarence Bright’s corpse was taken from the cemetery just prior to burial.
The corpse was eventually located in the basement of a home, which happens to belong to Bright’s 48-year-old son.
Investigators put the pieces together when they discovered the son, along with another man, carrying an empty casket inside a van at a gas station.
Police have not yet provided a motive for stealing the corpse.
Bright’s burial was supposed to take place on a Saturday at Gethsemane Cemetery on the east side of Detroit. However, soggy conditions following rain created a delay. So, the casket containing the 93-year-old’s body was placed near a chapel or a mausoleum on cemetery grounds and remained there through the following Monday morning when it was reported stolen, said Leon Jones, a mortician’s assistant at Swanson Funeral Home, which handled Bright’s funeral.
“This is a very, very bizarre situation,” Jones said.
Police received a tip that a white van had been seen at the cemetery around the time the body was taken, which turned out to be the van officers discovered at the gas station.
Once the van was discovered, it only took police about an hour to sniff out the corpse, in the basement just a few blocks away.
“Nothing seems to be wrong with the body,” Day told reporters. “Hopefully, the family can now get the body back and give it a proper burial.”
Police declined to release the names of Bright’s son or the 38-year-old man who was with him. They had not been charged and the theft remained under investigation.