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LISTEN: Lubbock oil changing crew ‘startled’ by body found in trunk en route to funeral

A Utah man told a Lubbock oil changing crew more than just his Volkswagen’s mileage and time since its last change.

His mother’s body was in the trunk, he said.

The 44-year-old man was driving his Volkswagen from Utah to Aspermont when he stopped to get an oil change at Lubbock’s Gene Messer Volkswagen dealership in the 7000 block of University Avenue.

LISTEN: 911 call to dispatch

He was hauling the body for burial and, though he told the oil changing crew it was all perfectly legal, Lubbock police still were called to the scene just after 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, said Lubbock police Lt. Ray Mendoza.

“People got startled by that,” he said.

The body was wrapped in a sheet and a blanket. It was not clear if the body had been embalmed.

The man, whose name was not on a police call sheet documenting the incident, had the proper paperwork to transport the body and officers let him go on his way, Mendoza said.

Lubbock police occasionally receive such calls, but don’t typically file a report because no crime is committed, he said.

“It’s an odd call,” Mendoza said, “but it’s not the first time that’s happened and it won’t be the last.”

A receptionist for the dealership declined to comment, referring the A-J to a manager who was not available for comment late Wednesday afternoon.

Lubbock police released a brief portion of 911 audio from the incident, featuring a representative for the dealership reporting the situation.

“We have a customer in our service department that just brought his vehicle in for an oil change and he’s transporting, uh, a body,” the representative tells the dispatcher.

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