Skip to comments.Dead Body Travels 1,000 Miles on Amtrak
Posted on 09/06/2006 11:03:42 AM PDT by Millee
An Amtrak passenger traveling with her ailing father waited nearly 23 hours and about 1,000 miles to tell authorities he had died so she could avoid the cost of shipping the body home, police said.
The train had reached Chicago when Daniel Stepanovich's daughter told officials that he had died in a sleeper car on Sunday evening, about the time the train was pulling into Glenwood Springs, Colo., said Chicago Police spokeswoman Jo Ann Taylor.
The woman told police she couldn't afford to ship his body home. She said Stepanovich, 80, suffered from lung and brain cancer.
Stepanovich was pronounced dead of natural causes on Tuesday, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office. He had lived in Hammond, Ind. His daughter, who was not identified, lives in the Chicago suburb of Grayslake.
Officials were not sure when the two boarded the the California Zephyr, which travels from Emeryville, Calif., to Chicago.
Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari said he couldn't recall a situation in which a passenger's death went unreported for so long.
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How many times did the body vote?
No disrepect for the deceased, but Chicago? Primary time??
I guess his ticket was punched.
He paid for his ticket so what's the problem?
Did he pay the full fare for California to After-Life?
Another bizarre dead body story...(lots of these today)
Does he still get his frequent rider miles?
Amtrak: Most of our passengers arrive alive.
First thing I thought of too....
Karls Top Ten List
10. Amtrak's New Slogan: Leave the Dying to us
9. All Aboard AmHearse
8. Do you get Guest Reward Points for funerals?
7. You might say he was traveling Dead Head.
6. Guess you can say he died on the law.
5. He rode dead in consist the last 1000 miles of the trip.
4. Did he ride in the Pacific Funeral Parlor car?
3. Julie: "Did you say Cemetery, Illinois?"
2. There goes another paying NARP member
and of course, Number One
1. He caught the Last Eastbound.....
Weekend at Bernie's Ping List -worthy? ;')