Son arrested in theft of dad's body from cemetery

Officers found the empty casket Tuesday in a van parked at a gas station and arrested two men in the vehicle.

DETROIT  — Police say a man has been arrested on suspicion of stealing his father's body from a Detroit cemetery. The corpse was later discovered in his basement.

Officer George Day says the 48-year-old son of Clarence Bright was arrested Tuesday after officers found Bright's empty casket in the back of his van. He says Bright's body was later found in the basement of the arrested son's home on Detroit's east side.

A 38-year-old man was also arrested. The suspects' names have not been released. No charges have been filed.

Bright's body and casket were stolen from Gethsemane Cemetery on Monday morning. The 93-year-old's funeral was held Saturday, but the ground was too soggy for his burial.

Mortician's assistant Leon Jones, of Swanson Funeral Home, says it's a "very bizarre" situation.

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