South Africa police probe ‘unusual’ corpse theft
Published on: February 09, 2023 05:30 (EAT)
South African police said
Wednesday they have launched an “unusual” investigation after robbers
carefully dug the side of a grave, broke into the coffin and stole the corpse
The theft of the corpse, of a
man who died last year aged 83, was discovered at the weekend at a village
cemetery in South Africa’s northeastern Limpopo province.
Police “have launched unusual
investigations of violation of grave and theft of the corpse”, they said
in a statement. No arrests have been made yet.
The robbers “apparently
cut the coffin on the leg side and pulled the corpse out of it” leaving
the coffin inside the grave, police spokesman, Motlafela Mojapelo AFP.
The theft was discovered on
Sunday by family members who went to clean the grave in preparation for a
post-burial headstone unveiling ceremony.
The grave was lined with brick
and cement walls, and covered with a black granite stone.
Thefts of corpses are not
common in South Africa.
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