The man who allegedly stole a funeral home van in Rockford with a deceased man in the cargo area is now facing charges.

Rockford Police are actively searching for 23-year-old Deon Howard of Rockford who they charged with unlawful possession of a stolen vehicle and abuse of a corpse.

Howard is reportedly the individual who was seen on security camera photos released a couple days ago after the van was taken from the Collins and Stone Funeral Home on South 5th Street in Rockford last Saturday (1/21).

Deon Howard reportedly fled with the van and the corpse inside to Chicago where he later dumped the body and abandoned the vehicle. Both have now been recovered by police.

23-year-old Deon Howard was not in custody at the time this article was published.

If you have any information regarding this incident or others and know the whereabouts of Deon Howard, please contact the Rockford Police Department at 815-966-2900, on Facebook (@RockfordIllinoisPoliceDepartment) or on Twitter (@RockfordPD).

If you would like to leave an anonymous tip regarding this case, call Crime Stoppers at 815-963-7867.

This story is continuing to develop and will be updated as more details are released.

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