Saturday, August 30, 2008

Police: Pa. man's remains snatched during service

From the "What were they thinking?" Department. Found in the Philadelphia Inquirer and in its entirety here. Maybe what Mr. Sutherland is really saying is "They went that-a-way!"

The Associated Press

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. - An eastern Pennsylvania woman says a dispute over a final resting place for her fiance has led to a startling disappearance , of the urn containing his cremated remains.

Nancy Kempa of Wilkes-Barre says her 25-year-old fiance, Aaron Lohnes, died Aug. 11. She planned to bury him in the same cemetery as his father. Kempa says Lohnes' brother gave the funeral home consent to release the remains to her.

But she told Wilkes-Barre police that during Thursday afternoon's memorial service at St. Stephens Episcopal Church, two friends of Lohnes took the urn and ran down the street.

Sgt. Joe Novak says theft charges are possible. He says police have been called to funerals before for disputes over arrangements, or the property of the deceased. Novak says, "I don't ever recall having disputes over the actual remains."

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