Family ponders fate of stolen woman's remains

(AP) - The family of a Long Island woman whose remains were stolen from a mausoleum one year ago has decided to increase the reward

EAST FARMINGDALE - (AP) - The family of a Long Island woman whose remains were stolen from a mausoleum one year ago has decided to increase the reward from $30,000 to $70,000.

Mattia Filipazzo's grandson Vincent Longo says the family hasreturned an empty casket to the St. Charles Cemetery. He says the88-year-old woman's spirit is still there.

The theft of remains from cemeteries appears to be on theincrease. Police in Connecticut, Pennsylvania and New Jersey havereported similar crimes. Some suspect a religious cult, but thereis little evidence.

Suffolk County police say they are hopeful someone withinformation will come forward. They say the theft appears unrelatedto a murder mystery on a barrier island south of Long Island, wherethe remains of 10 people have been found since December.

Family holds news conference about stolen woman's remainsBody-snatching case reward raised to $40,000$30,000 reward offered in body-snatching casePolice search for suspects who stole woman's remains

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