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MENOMONIE, Wis. (AP) – An Eau Claire woman is accused of stealing a ring from a corpse during a funeral home visitation.

Fifty-five-year-old Patricia Woodford is charged with felony theft from a corpse. A criminal complaint filed in Dunn County says a witness during the visitation at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie Aug. 18 told police that Woodford made remarks about wanting the ring and that it was a waste it would be buried the body.

During a final viewing of the body, family members noticed the ring missing from the deceased. The funeral home contacted police. The Eau Claire Leader-Telegram reports the complaint says Woodford eventually gave the ring to an investigator after she was questioned.

Woodford made a court appearance Tuesday and was released on a signature bond.

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