Abandoned Arizona casket mystery solved - Jun 27, 2006

Here's your morbid article for the day ... who would do something like this?
Arizona casket mystery solved

Tuesday, June 27, 2006; Posted: 9:41 a.m. EDT (13:41 GMT)

TUCSON, Arizona (AP) -- An empty casket with a military seal discovered in the desert was discarded by a mortuary after the deceased's family requested that the body be exhumed and cremated, authorities said.

Deputies were called to the desert area near Interstate 10 Saturday after two people playing paintball found the casket, which was metallic silver with a U.S. Army insignia on it. ...
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Deputy Dawn Barkman, a spokeswoman for the Pima County Sheriff's Office, said the casket was taken to a landfill after the body was exhumed in late May.

Someone took it from the landfill, then dumped it, he said."