NEAR PASADENA (CBSLA) — Deputies with the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department were investigating Wednesday night after a suspect stole a hearse with a casket and body inside.

The 2017 black Lincoln Navigator with license plate 7ZDG618 was parked outside of St. Anthony’s Greek Orthodox Church in the 700 block of Rosemead Boulevard in unincorporated Pasadena with a casket holding a body in the back at about 8:10 p.m. when an unknown suspect drove off in it. The sheriff’s department confirmed the body in the hearse was that of an adult female.

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According to the sheriff’s department, a mortician had two bodies in the hearse and was dropping one off at the church. While the mortician was inside, the thief stole the vehicle that still had the woman’s body inside in a casket.

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In a tweet directed at the suspect, LASD pleaded for the driver to return the body.

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There was a funeral service going on when the hearse was stolen, but authorities said it was not connected with the body inside.