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August 3, 2009

Man takes father’s remains from cemetery

A man who said he missed his late father allegedly brought home the man's remains from a Vershire, Vt., cemetery, police said.

Dominik A. Bailey Jr., 43, was charged with felony removal of human remains, WPTZ, Pittsburgh, reported.

Police in Thetford, who patrol the tiny hamlet of Vershire, said Bailey's mother called them Friday saying she believed her son planned to remove her husband's cremated remains and take them and the headstone home with him. She said she was going to the cemetery and later called police back and told them all she found was a hole in the ground.

Court papers said Bailey phoned an aunt in Connecticut and admitted taking the remains home.

Police interviewed a man Saturday who lives near the cemetery and said a man he didn't know asked if he could borrow a wheelbarrow. The man said he saw the stranger take the wheelbarrow to the cemetery.

Bailey could face a sentence of up to 15 years in prison and a fine of not more than $10,000.