“Out of all the bad decisions you have made, at least make one good one & bring back the deceased person & casket inside the Navigator,” the sheriff’s office wrote.
Deputy Marvin Crowder confirmed to The Washington Post on Thursday that the deceased is an adult female, but police have yet to identify her.
“We don’t know who it is just yet,” Crowder said.
The Navigator was parked in front of Saint Anthony Greek Orthodox Church around 7:45 p.m. Wednesday. The driver, a local mortician, had two bodies in the back of the hearse, Crowder said. The plan was to drop off one of the caskets at the church and head to the next stop.
But the plan drastically changed when the mortician exited the church shortly after 8 p.m.
“The driver dropped off one casket and one body, and the driver comes back and the hearse is gone,” Crowder told The Post.
Police said no arrests have been made in the case. Authorities added that the motive behind the theft remains unclear and that they are uncertain whether the suspect realized there was a corpse in the back of the Navigator.
Crowder said the sheriff’s department has called on local agencies and the California Highway Patrol to assist in finding the body and the car.
“A stolen hearse with a dead body in it,” one person said. “I’ve seen it all.”
“Hopefully the deceased was someone who would enjoy a crazy ride,” another person noted.
The details surrounding the unusual case left Crowder perplexed.
“I’ve never heard of this before,” Crowder said. “This is outlandish.”