BREAKING STORY: The hearse stolen in East Pasadena Wednesday night with a body inside crashed on the 110 freeway near the Vernon offramp after short pursuit around 7:45 a.m. by LAPD units during which the hearse struck a number of other vehicles. The stolen Lincoln Navigator crashed on the southbound Harbor (110) Freeway near Vernon Avenue in the south Los Angeles area. The casket and body stolen with the vehicle were located inside the Navigator and the driver was taken into custody, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
A black Lincoln Navigator with a casket and body inside was stolen near a church in an unincorporated portion of East Pasadena tonight.
The hearse was reported stolen about 8:05 p.m. from the 700 block of South Rosemead Boulevard, near St. Anthony Greek Orthodox Church, according to Deputy Juanita Navarro-Suarez of the Sheriff’s Information Bureau.
NBC4 reported the body was a woman’s and the keys to the Navigator were left in the igniti
The hearse belonged to a mortuary that had been contracted to transport two bodies to the church. A mortuary attendant was bringing one body inside the church, while another body was in the vehicle that was parked outside, according to the Daily Mail.
Deputies are actively searching for the hearse, which was driven from the scene in an unknown direction, Navarro-Suarez said. The vehicle’s license plate number is 7ZDG618.
“Out of all the bad decisions you have made, at least make one good one & bring back the deceased person & casket inside the Navigator,” the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department tweeted.