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Police Solve Casket Mystery

Associated Press - March 27, 2015 6:51 am

Police have solved the mystery of a stolen casket that was found earlier this month along a Wichita road.

The casket was dug up in February because a family member wanted to have the body cremated. Lt. James Espinoza says the cemetery where the grave was doesn’t accept used caskets, so the family made arrangements to have the casket hauled away.

The hauling company transported the casket to its facility to be discarded. But Espinoza said thieves stole the casket before the facility’s staff could get rid of it, and the hauling company chose not to report the theft to police.

Police suspect the thieves were looking to scrap the casket but dumped it when they learned no one was going to take it.

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Associated Press Information from: The Wichita Eagle