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Man steals hearse with body inside from Georgia hospital

Similar incidents occurred late last year in Los Angeles, Calif. and Sydney, Australia.

By
Fred Lambert

ATLANTA, June 28 (UPI) -- Police on Sunday said they apprehended a man accused of carjacking and crashing a hearse containing a dead body.

The suspect drove the Ford Flex hearse from Willie A. Watkins Funeral home off a loading dock at Grady Hospital in Atlanta after workers moved a corpse from the hospital's morgue to the vehicle.

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According to police, the suspect, who has not been named, damaged the vehicle as he rammed the morgue entrance gate before eventually abandoning the hearse and carjacking a Ford Explorer a few blocks away.

Police located the suspect and took him into custody. They say he did not show a firearm when stealing the hearse.

Similar incidents played out late last year. In December, a man who police suspected was mentally ill stole a hearse containing a casket and body from outside a Baptist church in Los Angeles, and the previous month, a 49-year-old man with dementia who had wandered from a nearby nursing home stole a hearse that held the body of a human rights lawyer in Sydney, Australia.

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