WEST JORDAN — A trailer transporting a body for burial was stolen from a West Jordan hotel Friday morning, with the body still inside.
The U-Haul trailer and body were stolen at around 5:28 a.m. Friday, according to Tauni Barker, public information officer for West Jordan city. Both were found abandoned later in the day.
The thief detached the trailer from the family’s car, attached it to theirs and drove away, Barker said.
The body was being transported from Louisiana to Utah for burial, which was scheduled for Friday.
“The thieves are usually targeting what they view as something valuable inside,” said West Jordan Police Sgt. J.C. Holt. “They obviously didn’t know what was inside of this one.”
The trailer was found abandoned, with the body intact, Friday afternoon in a church parking lot in Kearns.
Police ask anyone with information about the thief or their vehicle, seen in a surveillance image released Friday, to contact dispatch.