Reward offered in theft of man’s ashes

PHOTO FROM LOCK HAVEN CITY POLICE This photo shows the grave site of Raymond D. Cozzi. A hole was left when his remains were stolen.

RENOVO — A $1,000 reward is being offered to anyone who has any information leading to the arrests of the people responsible for stealing the headstone of Raymond D. Cozzi and digging up his remains and stealing the urn filled with his ashes, according to state police.

Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call PSP at 570-726-6000, or Father Donald Dusza at St. Joseph Catholic Church here at 570-923-0172.

The crime occurrred at St. Joseph’s Cemetery.

Michael Fedele, chair of the cemetery board, recently told WBRE-WYOU ( who said he can’t understand who took what once rested here.

“They just put dirt in it and if they had to get more they went and got more dirt and filled it up and they put this sod on top of it,” Fedele told WBRE-WYOU.

No one knows who took Raymond Cozzi’s urn or headstone from its original location.

Fedele told the TV station that the thief actually moved the headstone twice.

Lucretia, Cozzi’s daughter, is offering that $1,000 reward leading to the arrests of those responsible.

“His remains are gone so you can’t come and pay for your respects because he is not here anymore. Nobody knows where he’s at,” Fedele said to WBRE-WYOU.

Lucretia told Eyewitness News her father wanted to be buried on top of his dad’s casket.

While Lucretia told the TV station she believes relatives are behind it, she wouldn’t comment further.

Still, no one has come forward to confess stealing the urn or headstone.

“You would never think that would be something somebody would do,” said Fedele.

Cozzi’s daughter hopes someone will see this and have information so she can come to the cemetery and see her father.

(Much of the information above was reported previously by WBRE-WYOU.)