Mick Valigura with a photo of his mother Janice Valigura, nee Rothery.
Mick Valigura with a photo of his mother Janice Valigura, nee Rothery. Chris Ison ROK100118cfuneral7

No charges after alleged coffin swap

POLICE have confirmed they have found no evidence of a criminal offence, following allegations a Queensland funeral home switched an expensive coffin for a cheaper one ahead of a cremation.

The family of 74-year-old Janice Cecilia Valigura last week claimed that her body had been removed from her original "gorgeous" oak coffin to a cheap pine box prior to cremation.

Police issued a statement on Wednesday afternoon saying they had finalised their investigation into the funeral business and that it would not be taking any further action.

"Following extensive inquiries, investigators found no evidence to substantiate a criminal offence," they said in a statement.

"Relevant parties have been informed of the decision."

Police declined to provide further comment.



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