Beacon Journal staff writer

Akron police were trying to figure out who broke into an Ellet crematory and tried to burn one of the bodies there.

Police said someone apparently forced open a window on the north side of Akron Burial Vault on North Canton Road near Gilchrist Road between 4:30 p.m. Tuesday and 7 a.m. Wednesday.

Once inside, someone ransacked the building and tried to cremate a corpse and failed.

The crematory oven was turned off, police said, but was still so hot from use during the day that it partially burned a cardboard box containing a body.

It’s unclear how long the intruder remained inside the building, but the person broke a lock on the rear door and exited that way, police said.

Police didn’t disclose the identity of the body involved, but said it appeared the intruder chose the body at random. The body was scheduled to be cremated later and was near the oven.

The incident occurred about a month after vandals broke into the mausoleum at East Akron Cemetery and pulled out the remains of a World War I veteran laid to rest there in 1960.

There’s no indication the two unsolved cases are connected.

The cemetery and the crematory are about 3 miles apart.

Investigators are still looking for the vandals who disturbed the remains of retired Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. worker Ralph Boetcher in August at East Akron Cemetery.

The Charles Faust American Legion Post 281 in Cuyahoga Falls honored Boetcher at a second ceremony to re-inter him in the mausoleum this month, 37 years after he was first buried.

Boetcher’s niece Jeanne Wright, 91, hoped the publicity the unusual crime drew would lead police to the culprit behind the crypt caper, but the case so far remains unsolved.

Akron police ask anyone with information about either case to call investigators at 330-375-2552.