Body Mutilated At Funeral Home...Family Searches For Mom's Head
Horrified Family Seeks Return Of Mom's Head
Body mutilated at funeral home
$10,000 offered for return of remains
Montreal, Canada —The family of a dead Montreal woman is making an unusual public plea to solve a macabre mystery: they want to know who decapitated their relative's corpse and what they did with the head.
Thieves mutilated Cécile Lemay's remains and made off with the head last summer as the body lay in a casket in a funeral home in Montreal's South Shore.
Horrified family members learned of the gruesome theft on the day they were supposed to hold Lemay's funeral, and yesterday her surviving relatives announced they will pay a $10,000 reward for information on the whereabouts of the missing body part.
They also went public with their angst and grief and said they will live in a state of constant dread until they find out who did it.
"These people left with the head, let's not mince words. Every morning, to this day, we wake up and ask ourselves: where's the head?" Lemay's sister Carmel told a news conference.
"Will it just land in our yard one morning?"
Lemay's younger sister Ghyslaine said the incident has prevented the family from coming to grips with their loss.
"With all this, we haven't been able to mourn, we want to know who did this, and why they did this. We hope the reward will lead to new developments," she said.
The 68-year-old woman's embalmed remains had been laid out in a coffin at the Alfred-Dallaire funeral home in Longueuil, on the evening of July 10, 2005. The next morning an employee discovered the body had been mutilated and notified the family.
Though they took the severed body part, the thieves left Lemay's jewellery behind, her relatives said. Several other bodies that were kept in the same room as Lemay's were untouched by the thieves.
Local police detectives have investigated the case for nine months but no leads have materialized to this point.
A lawyer representing the family said they are contemplating a civil suit against the funeral home, which was vandalized on the night of the theft.
If the reward does result in arrests, those charged could face a jail sentence; committing an indignity to a corpse in Quebec is punishable by a maximum five years in prison.
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