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Thursday, February 11, 2021

Funeral Van Carrying Body Stolen in St. Louis County, Police Say

Posted By on Thu, Feb 11, 2021 at 12:24 PM

click to enlarge This funeral home van was stolen Thursday morning outside a north St. Louis County QuikTrip. - COURTESY ST. LOUIS COUNTY POLICE
  • COURTESY ST. LOUIS COUNTY POLICE
  • This funeral home van was stolen Thursday morning outside a north St. Louis County QuikTrip.

Update 5:50 p.m.: St. Louis County police have released photos of two "persons of interest" in the van theft. The first is a white man, medium height with black and gray hair. He was wearing a navy and white baseball cap, gray hoodie, dark pants and a black ski mask.

The second person is a white woman of medium height with brown or red hair. She was wearing a black jacket, dark pants and dark boots, as well as a black backpack.  See the bottom of this post for photos.



Police think the van could be in the area of Godfrey, Illinois.

The original story continues below.


Auto thieves stole a funeral home's van — including a woman's body in the back, authorities say.

St. Louis County police say William C. Harris Funeral home's 2012 Nissan NV1500 van was left running this morning in the parking lot of a QuickTrip at 12110 Lusher Road in Spanish Lake when someone hopped in and drove off.

The time of the call was 10:26 a.m., police say, and they've put out a description of the vehicle in hopes of recovering it — and its human cargo — as soon as possible.

The van is white with "William C Harris Funeral" written across the side. A logo on the back depicts an "H" nestled inside green wreaths. The Missouri license plate number is 5MDX73.

Reached by phone, a man at the funeral home told the RFT he had another call coming in and hung up.

Police ask anyone with information to call 636-529-8210 to speak to investigators.

click to enlarge Persons of interest in the funeral home's van theft. - COURTESY ST. LOUIS COUNTY POLICE
  • COURTESY ST. LOUIS COUNTY POLICE
  • Persons of interest in the funeral home's van theft.
Persons of interest in the funeral home's van theft. - COURTESY ST. LOUIS COUNTY POLICE
  • COURTESY ST. LOUIS COUNTY POLICE
  • Persons of interest in the funeral home's van theft.
Persons of interest in the funeral home's van theft. - COURTESY ST. LOUIS COUNTY POLICE
  • COURTESY ST. LOUIS COUNTY POLICE
  • Persons of interest in the funeral home's van theft.

click to enlarge Persons of interest in the funeral home's van theft. - COURTESY ST. LOUIS COUNTY POLICE
  • COURTESY ST. LOUIS COUNTY POLICE
  • Persons of interest in the funeral home's van theft.


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