Wednesday 26 October 2016

Woman kept the body of her dead husband in car and drove him around in a ‘rolling wake’

Catherine Devine

Published 25/07/2016 | 11:34

A woman placing a flower on a coffin Photo: Getty
A woman placing a flower on a coffin Photo: Getty

Police in Alaska are investigating a woman who kept her dead husband’s body in a car and drove him around in a “rolling wake”.

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According to Ketchikan Daily News, the police officer said he had never seen anything like it in his years as an officer.

The police were called to the car where they found a aluminium transport casket with the body of a 78-year-old inside.

The daily news site said the man had died from natural causes over the weekend and his wife brought him travelling.

“The body was in that and supposed to be destined for the mortuary, but for some reason she decided to not go directly to the mortuary and had been driving around with him for a couple days,” Bengaard told the Ketchikan Daily News.

“My understanding is kind of ,leading up to the events of the last couple days, there’s been a rolling wake or viewing. It was pointed out to me that, evidently, she had stopped at a couple of the canneries and got ice and filled the bed of the truck with ice to keep the body chilled.

“You can’t make this stuff up,” the chief added.

The woman didn’t break any laws but the body was taken to a mortuary.

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