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Family learns they buried an empty box after police found dead body in funeral owner’s vehicle during drunk driving arrest

By Mason White 1:51 PM April 8, 2016
Thomas Claude Clock III 

By: Feng Qian
(Scroll down for video) A family is devastated after learning that a funeral owner gave them an empty box to bury at a cemetery, police in Michigan said.

Detroit police said that they have arrested 60-year-old Thomas Claude Clock III, the owner of the Clock Funeral Home of White Lake, after being accused of drunk driving and fraud.

Clock was charged with common-law fraud, attempted larceny and practicing mortuary services without a license. He was also charged with driving under the influence.

Clock was booked into jail, and his bail was set at $500,000.

According to the police, Clock was pulled over after police suspected that he was driving under the influence. During a search of his vehicle, police found a dead body.

Clock told the family of Helen Anthony, that there was no hole to bury her remains because employees of the Fruitland Township are not working due to a holiday.

Clock then told the family to use a hole digger to make a hole in the ground. The family proceeded to dig a hole and bury the box presented to them by Clock.

After Clock’s arrest, the family learned that the box was empty as Anthony’s body was found in his vehicle.

Clock also faces a second charge of fraud for allegedly deceiving the parents of a child in the belief that they buried the ashes of their son.

Investigators found the remains of the baby in the funeral home during a search. They dug up the box located in the Fruitland Cemetery, and found that it was empty.