ST. LOUIS, MO – A couple has been captured after they stole a funeral van that had a body inside it. After stealing the van and the corpse, the couple decided to make a pit stop at the local convenience store for some winter storm essentials. A twenty-four hour search for the two body snatchers was launched.
The theft happened on Thursday around 10 am on the 12000 block of Lusher Road in St. Louis. Police said the driver of the vehicle left it running with the keys inside.
“Preliminary investigation has revealed that the vehicle was left running and unattended on the parking lot. The unknown suspect(s) got into the vehicle and drove off,” the St. Louis Police Department said. “The vehicle was conveying a body at the time it was stolen.”
An A.P.B. was put out for a white2012 Nissan NV1500 van belonging to the William C. Harris Funeral Home.
“The first person of interest is described as a male, medium height, with black and gray hair. At the time of the incident, he was wearing a navy and white baseball cap, a gray hoodie, dark pants, and a black ski mask,” police said at the time of the robbery. “The second person of interest is a female, medium height, with brown or red hair. At the time of the incident, she was wearing a black jacket, dark pants, and dark boots. She also had a black backpack on.”
With help from the community, the couple was captured on Friday afternoon and the body was still in the back of the van. Police did not release the names of the two bodysnatchers. It is also unknown whether or not the couple intentionally targeted a funeral vehicle with a body or for what purpose they wanted to steal the body and the van.