Say What?!: Hearse Stolen from Church with Body Inside

Jake Bauer

Jake Bauer

Published January 1, 1970 12:00 am

LOS ANGELES, California – Los Angeles police said a man accused of stealing a hearse containing a casket and body from outside a church is suspected of being mentally ill.

Investigators said police responded Saturday to a report of an older man stealing a hearse from outside Ebenezer Baptist Church while a casket and body were inside. Funeral preparations were taking place inside the church at the time of the theft, police said.

Family and friends attending the funeral followed the hearse in their vehicles and they were able to get the man to pull over after a four-block chase.

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