A Pennsylvania funeral director already facing charges of taking photos with corpses has now been accused of tampering with evidence.
The Monroe County district attorney’s office alleges Angeliegha Stewart deleted four images from her Google photos account during an ongoing investigation.
Prosecutors say two of the photos were selfies with bodies in the background and two were of the faces of dead people.
Pennsylvania funeral director Angeliegha Stewart, 27, is accused of tampering with evidence and deleting photos as part of an investigation into her for allegedly taking cellphone pictures of the dead
Stewart previously was charged with abuse of a corpse and marijuana possession.
Detectives found conversations about drug deals when they searched her phone last month amid their investigation into the corpse photos.
Defense attorney Corey Kolcharno calls the charges ‘completely baseless.’ He said Tuesday the charges ‘appear to be the result of a targeted investigation.’
The Lanterman & Allen Funeral Home in East Stroudsburg has said it is ‘disappointed’ by the allegations and is cooperating with authorities.
Stewart lived and worked at the Lanterman & Allen Funeral Home in East Stroudsburg
Authorities say Stewart, who worked at the Lanterman & Allen Funeral Home in East Stroudsburg, took pictures of one dead body during an organ-harvesting process and others of a decomposing corpse crawling with maggots.
Some of the human cadavers were in caskets; some were not.
Police began investigating Stewart last month after being tipped off by confidential sources claiming that the 27-year-old was ‘flaunting’ alarming photos of dead people in front of friends and family, and also illegally selling marijuana on the side, according to a criminal complaint cited by The Morning Call.
Last week, detectives seized Stewart’s phone, which was found to contain four photos showing a dead person during an organ harvesting process, four others showing a rotting corpse, six images of deceased people and 13 more of bodies reposing in caskets.
When questioned by police, she allegedly admitted to taking photos of human corpses, however it’s now alleged that Stewart deleted at least four photos from a social media account
When detectives executed a search warrant at Stewart’s apartment, located at the funeral home where she worked, the woman, nicknamed ‘Angel,’ as WNEP first reported, allegedly admitted to photographing the dead, saying the images were meant to be shared with colleagues ‘as a joke’.
She also allegedly confessed that she showed one specific picture to gross out her ex-boyfriend.
Along with new charges of tampering with evidence Stewart was previously charged with abuse of a corpse, disorderly conduct, harassment and multiple drug-related counts.