Suffolk County police responded to a reported break-in at the St. Charles Cemetery on Monday, August 23, 2010. During the break in, the remains of a female were removed from the cemetery. Authorities said they believe more than one person was involved in the incident. Police report that the suspects hopped the fence to get into the cemetery and broke into three mausoleums before they removed the body from a crypt, 1010 WINS’ Carol D’Auria reports. “We believe that human remains were removed from the casket and the cemetery property,” Suffolk County Deputy Inspector Robert Brown told CBS 2′s Scott Rapoport. The body was that of a female buried 12 year ago. Police said the perpetrators knew what they were doing, came prepared and that the suspects likely had to carry the body over the cemetery fence to get away, authorities said. The cemetery is operated by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn which released a statement saying, “It is incomprehensible that anyone would violate the sacred resting place of those that have passed from this world to eternal life.” CBS News Article
Under New York General Obligations Law, it is a tortious violation of an individual’s personal rights to misappropriate or mishandle a dead body. An individual who violates these protected rights may be subject to legal action. See: http://www.hg.org/torts.html
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