UPDATE 5 a.m. Aug. 1: RCMP say the van was found abandoned in Red Deer's Glendale neighbourhood. The body of the deceased man was still in the vehicle. Members conducted a door-to-door canvass of the area, and continue to look for whoever was responsible for the theft.
RED DEER -- RCMP say a black van stolen from the city’s north end Tuesday, July 31 was taken from a funeral home, and it contains a deceased body.
Police say the was stolen at 6:30 a.m. from the parking lot of a funeral home after the driver briefly exited the van.
“The van contained the body of a deceased man in the back,” Mounties say in a release.
The missing van is a black 2014 Chrysler Town and Country van with Alberta license plate 72M 682.
Red Deer RCMP have been searching for the van throughout the day and have brought in the Alberta RCMP helicopter to assist in the search.
City Mounties have also reached out to multiple law enforcement partners to assist in the search and have contacted the next of kin of the deceased man.
“This vehicle theft was almost certainly a crime of opportunity, but with a very unfortunate and upsetting twist in that there is a deceased person in the back,” says Red Deer RCMP Superintendent Ken Foster.
“This is a sensitive incident and we’re very aware of the distress it is causing to the family of the deceased and everyone connected to the incident. Red Deer RCMP have been working non-stop since the theft was reported, and we have committed extensive resources and effort, including the helicopter, to locate this van and resolve this situation as quickly as possible.”
If you have seen this van or have information about this crime, please contact Red Deer RCMP at 403-343-5575. If you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or report it online at www.tipsubmit.com.
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