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Dead body 'missing' from Swedish funeral home

The Local/dl · 4 Mar 2011, 10:03

Published: 04 Mar 2011 10:03 GMT+01:00

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The 48-year-old man's coffin arrived at the crematorium in Råcksta in northern Stockholm in early January, the Aftonbladet newspaper reported.

But when staff members went to retrieve the body last week to have it cremated, the man's casket was nowhere to be found.

"We're devastated. The coffin is gone. It's a mystery," Mats Larsson, head of Stockholm's municipal cemetery administration, told the newspaper.

An initial internal investigation by the crematorium included a review of surveillance camera footage, but failed to turn up any clues as to what happened to the missing coffin.

A record-keeping mistake or the possibility that the casket may have been switched with another are two possible explanations which have also been ruled out.

The cemetery administration has now reported itself to police in hopes that law enforcement investigators may be able to shed light on the mystery.

Larsson has also alerted other funeral homes and cemeteries in Stockholm to be on the lookout for the missing coffin.

Sweden has among the longest waiting periods in the world from death to burial, according to figures from newspaper Fonus Nyheter published in 2010.

On average, 23 days elapses before a funeral ceremony takes place for the dead in Sweden.

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In the Stockholm area, however, it takes an average of 30 days before bodies reach their final resting place.

And for the 80 percent of Swedes who are cremated, it takes an average of another 64 days before they are buried.

The Local/dl (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

12:11 March 4, 2011 by Mpf
"And for 80 percent of Swedes who are cremated, it takes an average of another 64 days before they are buried."

Don't they scatter ashes here in Sweden?
12:54 March 4, 2011 by Swedesmith
Sweden has among the longest waiting periods in the world from death to burial, according to figures from newspaper Fonus Nyheter published in 2010.

Is the funeral system modeled after Systembolaget?
13:40 March 4, 2011 by musiktjej
What could Possibly justify the long wait for burying the dead here? How inefficient can they be?
13:45 March 4, 2011 by Nemesis
What sort of person steals a dead body?
15:12 March 4, 2011 by thinkright24
perhaps the dead body went itself for burrial. just to make things fast :S
15:24 March 4, 2011 by DJECKY
may be Satan has collected the body of his millitant,

Was the Deathbody a christian?
15:25 March 4, 2011 by Tanskalainen
I wondered why the falukorv has been tasting funny lately
16:21 March 4, 2011 by RobinHood
This is how all zombie crisis begin. A body goes missing, and then people start disappearing in strange circumstances. I know, I've seen every zombie film ever made. Mark my words, this is just the beginning.
20:48 March 4, 2011 by dammen
00:51 March 5, 2011 by zeero
Gosh, the comments are more interesting then the news...
08:32 March 7, 2011 by Zhorka
Resurrection perhaps?
00:23 March 14, 2011 by Da Goat
He probably got sick of laying around so got up and went home! LOL

maybe they buried him and cremated someone else or cremated him and forgot to tell! perhaps saving energy by doing a batch job.

nah probably realised he was too young to die @ 48 and changed his mind.
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