A police tow truck removed a mini-van parked outside a New York City funeral home - with a body inside.

New York police spokesman Paul Browne, says there was “nothing to indicate it was more than just an illegally parked car.”

Redden’s Funeral Home director Paul DeNigris, said a windshield placard had fallen flat. The van’s tinted windows helped obscure the white cardboard box that held the remains.

Mr. DeNigris says he was “a wreck” after discovering the van missing on Monday in Manhattan, according to the Daily News newspaper. He rushed to the tow pound, where he discreetly explained the circumstances and got the van back. He also got the body to an airport in time for a scheduled flight to Miami.

He plans to fight the $115 parking ticket.

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