Man steals mortuary van while fleeing police, leaving body behind

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Capture from police dash cam during chase, not body.

CONYERS, GA – A man who was being sought by police used a mortuary van with a corpse in the back as his getaway vehicle of choice. Kijon Griffin, 23, of Atlanta, according to police, stole the vehicle and sped off, causing the body and gurney to slide out of the back of the vehicle and into the parking lot.

Conyers Police Officers engaged in a vehicle pursuit Wednesday that spanned from the City of Conyers to DeKalb County before the vehicle was disabled just before Wesley Chapel Road on I-20 westbound.

The vehicle was a mortuary van parked at a crematory that contained a body on a gurney. Upon the suspect’s flight, the gurney rolled out of the open back hatch and into the parking lot where it came to rest. Personnel on-site were able to secure the body.

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After striking multiple vehicles on I-20, a tire blew on the van causing the suspect to stop and run on foot north of the interstate into the wood line between Panola Road and Wesley Chapel. DeKalb County Police Department, DKPD K-9s, Georgia State Patrol and a HERO unit came to our aid in securing a perimeter in the area. Unfortunately, the suspect, identified as Kijon Griffin, was not captured.


“Kijon Griffin turned himself in to the Rockdale County Jail this morning,” the Conyers Police Department said. “Thank you all for your shares and thanks to the news media for helping to get this story out thus helping Mr. Griffin make the wise decision of turning himself in.”

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