The thieves broke into The Greenfield Crematory in Cleveland on Wednesday, and stole computer equipment as well as the hearse. Police are investigating whether the hearse, which was later found abandoned, was stolen to help cart the stolen computer equipment away.
The note, left in the abandoned hearse, said that the body could be picked up from a certain intersection. Police subsequently found the corpse, undamaged in a bag on a gurney, exactly where the note said it would be.
The Greenfield Crematory has apologised to the family of the dead person, who was due to cremated on Wednesday. They said it wasn't unusual to leave bodies in the hearse, which was locked inside the building.
No arrests have yet been made