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Despicable thieves steal dead people’s remains from graves and demand ransom from family

By Mason White 6:26 PM November 18, 2015
Vandalized grave illustration 

By: Tanya Malhotra
A woman was horrified to learn that her husband’s remains were stolen from his grave.

Police in China, said that a group of thieves ransacked a cemetery in Henan, and stole urns filled with cremated remains of a number of families in order to extort money from them.

One of the victims who was identified as Mr. Liu, said that she received a call from the Hongshan Cemetery in Xinyan, saying that her late husband’s grave was vandalized and his remains were missing.

When she went to the grave, she discovered that some other graves nearby were also broken and vandalized.

She found a phone number on the looted tombs. When Mrs. Liu called the number, the person who answered demanded ransom of 20,000 yuan ($3,136) for the safe return of her husband’s urn.

The family transferred the 20,000 yuan to the thieves. However, rather than turning over the remains, the despicable thieves demanded more money and gave no information on the whereabouts of the urn. In response, the family called police.

Henan police said that the culprits are likely a gang of organized criminals who travel the country and break into tombs to make money.