Oregon man arrested in theft of burial urns

PORTLAND, Oregon (BestGrowthStock) – An Oregon man has been arrested for stealing seven urns containing human remains from a cemetery and trying to sell gold he found in one of them, police said on Monday.

David Slack, 27, was charged in the theft after the owner of a gold-for-cash business became suspicious of the origin of the gold.

“There were some gold nuggets in one of the urns, and they were suspicious to the buyer,” Linn County Sheriff’s spokesman Capt. Paul Timm said.

Slack was charged with seven counts of abuse of a corpse, seven counts of abuse of a memorial to the dead, one count of theft and other charges. The corpse abuse charges carry a potential sentence of five years each, Timm said.

Three of the urns and their remains were recovered from a slough near the Odd Fellows Cemetery, about 70 miles south of Portland, and four are missing.

Slack was arrested at the Linn County Jail, where he was being held on unrelated charges including burglary and possession of a firearm.

(Editing by Dan Whitcomb and Greg McCune)

Oregon man arrested in theft of burial urns