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Crucifix Stolen from Dead Body, Pawned

STANISLAUS COUNTY -

Oakdale Police are looking for the person who stole a gold crucifix necklace from a dead body and sold it to a Turlock pawn shop.

The necklace belonged to Melvin Luiz, a Stanislaus County man who died in November of natural causes at the age of 51.

Family members of Luiz are thankful that a tipster led police to the necklace.  Now they are hoping for an arrest in the case.

“This was the last thing my dad had on him when he passed away,” Luiz’s daughter, Melissa said about the necklace.  “And we’re already dealing with enough.  And this is just wrong…In every single way it’s wrong.  And I think he needs to be held responsible for what he did.”

Investigators have named David Spurlin, formerly employed by a Modesto mortuary service, as a person of interest.  According to police, his phone was disconnected and his whereabouts were unknown as of Wednesday evening.

Anyone with information on Spurlin’s location is encouraged to call Oakdale Police.

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