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Police find man's stolen corpse at his son's home in freezer

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Detroit police searched this white van Tuesday to discover an empty casket in the back. Detroit police searched this white van Tuesday to discover an empty casket in the back.

By Amy Lange
Fox 2 News


DETROIT (WJBK) -- Tuesday morning, Officer George Day and his colleagues from the Detroit Police Department discovered the corpse of 93-year-old Clarence Bright at his son's home on Eastlawn stuffed in a deep freezer in the basement.

"The family members informed us that the body was in the house," said Day.

They had been searching since Monday for Bright's corpse and his casket.  His funeral was Saturday, but his body was stored in the mausoleum at Gethsemane Cemetery until weather conditions allowed for his burial on Monday.  That's when cemetery workers found the casket and the corpse missing.  A van was seen driving away with Bright inside.

Police were looking for Bright's 48-year-old son, who told people he was going to do something.  He had a deep freezer and, police say, planned to store his father there and pray over him to resurrect him.

Neighbors saw police search the son's house Monday afternoon, but the body wasn't there and neither was the son.

Then Tuesday morning, officers spotted the van used to steal the casket and corpse at a Citgo gas station on the city's east side.  They arrested the son and a 38-year-old man, but there was still no sign of the body.

"Casket was just in the van open," Day said.

Which led investigators back to the home on Eastlawn.  This time the corpse was there in the freezer in the basement.  The body was fully intact and ready to rest in peace.

No charges have been filed yet.  Police say it is a crime to steal a corpse, even if it's your father.

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