Police search for Rockford man charged with stealing funeral home van with body inside


A Rockford the man was charged after stealing a funeral home van with a body inside during the weekend.

Deon Howard, 23, was charged with unlawful possession of a stolen vehicle and abuse of a corpse.

On Saturday, Howard allegedly stole the van that belonged to and stood outside the Collins & Stone Funeral Home located at 128 S. 5th Street.

Inside the van was a deceased man, 47-year-old Curtis Brown.

Sunday the Chicago Police Department located the van on the 1400 block of East 87th Street.

The body has not been located at the time.

On Monday, Chicago police notified Rockford authorities that Brown’s the body was found in the 8200 block of South Manistee.

It was then brought back to Rockford by the Winnebago County coroner’s office.

While investigating the incident, detectives identified Howard as the suspect. He was then charged accordingly.

Howard is not currently in custody.


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Written by Natalia Chi

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