May 16, 2014

Merced man pleads guilty in urn theft case

A Merced man pleaded guilty Friday to stealing nine urns filled with human remains from a city cemetery last year. Richard Madsen, 68, admitted his role in the theft of the urns, which contained the remains of 11 people. The urns were taken March 8, 2013 from Evergreen Funeral Home and Memorial Park. Investigators said the urns were cut or ground up and sold as scrap metal to Velocity Recycling on Highway 59.

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