Body dumped along Texas road after hearse stolen

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The hearse had a body inside that was being transported by the funeral home.

The hearse was later found in the Edge community northwest of Bryan and a man and a woman were taken into custody.

The body that was in the vehicle was found by a passer-by about an hour and a half later, along with the gurney that it was on.

Authorities said someone stole a hearse in Bryan and dumped the body on the side of a road Friday morning. The couple has not yet been charged, but could face charges of tampering with the corpse.

Police said that around 7 a.m., a passerby saw a gurney with a body on the 6000 block of Dick Elliott Rd.

The driver of the hearse, owned by Stackhouse Mortuary Services, left the engine running with the keys in the ignition while he ran into a McDonald's restaurant to get something to eat.

Travis D. Stackhouse, who runs the funeral home, was on vacation and could not be reached for comment, his brother Drew told the newspaper.

After receiving a tip around 12 p.m. DPS located the vehicle on Macey Road and FM 974.