Reward Offered For Return Of Stolen L.I. Remains

NEW YORK (AP/WCBS 880) — Relatives of a woman whose body was stolen from a Roman Catholic cemetery announced Thursday they are offering a $30,000 reward for the safe return of her remains.
“The taking of her body has shattered our peace, and the inability to know that our mother is at rest will haunt us until we can find her,” Brooklyn attorney Stefano Filippazzo said in a statement on behalf of his family.

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The remains of his grandmother, Mattia Filippazzo, were stolen from a mausoleum at St. Charles Cemetery in East Farmingdale on Long Island sometime between 6:30 p.m. Monday and 7:30 a.m. Tuesday. The emigre from Italy was 88 when she died in 1998, her grandson said.
The culprits vandalized two other mausoleums before entering the Filippazzo family mausoleum, police said. They removed the woman’s casket and left with her remains.
Police believe they hopped a nearby fence to get into the cemetery. Suffolk County Deputy Inspector Robert Brown said at a news conference earlier this week that cemetery vandalism was a somewhat regular occurrence, but stealing remains was “very uncommon.”
A police spokeswoman said Thursday there were no new developments in the investigation.
Filippazzo described his grandmother as “an incredible woman who migrated to the United States from Italy because she truly believed in the power of the American dream.” She worked as a seamstress and helped raise seven children.
“When we put our beloved to rest some 12 years ago, we knew her body was at peace,” Filippazzo said. “As Catholics we believe that when we die we shall rest in peace forever. That is all that we ask for our mother and grandmother.”

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  • James

    As horrible as this crime is, i think the reward sets a dangerous precedent. This poor family should think about what their loved one would want them to do. Would she approve of the family spending $30,000 for a dead body?

    Perhaps a reward of $30,000 that would lead to the arrest and conviction, but a no questions asked ransoming of a body?

    But then i believe in spending money on the living, not the dead.

    I may be wrong but then I believe in spending money on the living, not the dead.

  • jtorres

    Is nothing sacred anymore? And what exactly are they planning to do with the remains of a elderly woman? This sickens me and I hope they cach the sickos who commited this heinous act.

  • David P

    I would be glad to send some money to up the reward.

    What a disgrace!!!

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