Rockford man charged with abuse of a corpse after van theft

Deon Howard, 23, is currently at large.
Deon Howard, 23, is currently at large.(Rockford Police Department)
Published: Jan. 25, 2023 at 3:39 PM CST|Updated: Jan. 25, 2023 at 6:08 PM CST
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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - A Rockford man is still at large, but has been identified after a funeral van was stolen Saturday with a body inside.

Deon Howard, 23, faces unlawful possession of a stolen vehicle and abuse of a corpse.

Howard was identified as the suspect after investigators relocated the van and the body of 47-year-old Curtis Brown, who was in the vehicle at the time of the theft.

Surveillance footage captured an image of a man in the area of Collins & Stone Funeral Home on the day of the theft. Police have not released whether or not the person in the photo is Howard.