Recently a long distant member of family somehow took a legal control of the grave where my grandmother is buried and holding it as hostage to ask us a huge amount of ransom money. He now has owned the body legally and we are very much concerns that if he take out the body and move to a different location where we won't know.
He allusively implied such a happening in the future and shouldn't be my business. The person understands what kind of emotional/physical trauma will impact on my family, especially to my elderly father who is currently fighting for cancer.
Can corpse be considered as ransom and possibly can I fie an extortion charge against him?
I believe this issue (or a very similar one) was recently addressed in this thread:
To recap: There are laws in most states that restrict what can legally be done with human remains. It's not clear if this applies to deceased persons who are already buried. It's not at all clear from this question in what way this relative has "legal control" of a grave site, or what they're threatening to do if not paid. But such threats generally are illegal. You should consult with a lawyer in private about the specifics. They may advise you to call the police (non-emergency line) to report a crime. But there's not enough information here to say.
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In Oregon control over the disposition of human remains is addressed in ORS 97.130. Other states may have other rules. The first question to resolve is whether the distant relative really has the authority that he or she claims to have over your grandmother's remains. I would consult an attorney experienced in Oregon probate and estate planning law.
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