Tragically, Curtis Brown, 47, a resident of Rockford, Illinois, and a native of Tupelo, Mississippi, died unexpectedly. He died at a nearby hospital on January 19, 2023, from an unidentified cause.
The body of Curtis Brown was delivered to Collins & Stone Funeral Home the following day, according to the Winnebago County Coroner’s Office. On Saturday, a van containing Brown’s body was taken from outside the funeral home.
The funeral home Collins & Stone owned the van. It was unclear if the van’s robber knew a body was inside when they took the vehicle.
To continue looking for the body, Rockford police stated they are collaborating with Chicago police. Ninety-seven miles from the funeral home in Rockford where it was taken, the van was discovered on Sunday in the 1400 block of East 87th Street, close to Dorchester Avenue, in Chicago’s Calumet Heights neighborhood.
An inquiry for feedback made Monday morning went ignored by the funeral home. But Brown’s body was not there, and it wasn’t until a day later, more than two miles distant, that it was discovered. On Monday afternoon, someone who called 911 anonymously reported seeing what they believed to be a body in the road, leading Chicago Police to a nearby alley at 83rd Street and Manistee Avenue.
In Chicago, the van was just discovered. Officers who responded to the call confirmed what the caller had seen. Brown’s body was later given to a funeral home by the Winnebago County Coroner’s Office, and his family was informed of the occurrence.
The stolen van was found, but the Chicago police chose not to comment. According to the coroner’s office, Brown’s family is coordinating with an out-of-state funeral home to have him sent back to his family in Mississippi. Police in Rockford has published footage of a potential suspect in the vehicle and body thefts. This story is still developing. There wasn’t any more information available right away.