Two in Iowa Charged With Submitting Fake Obituary Notice

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Waterloo police have arrested two people accused of filing a fake obituary with a newspaper.

Authorities said James Snyder and Mary Jo Jensen filed an obituary with the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier in December, saying Jensen’s 17-tear-old son had died after a lengthy illness.

Police said they did it so they could get off work for a few days.

Officials said that later in the week, people who know the family saw the teenager at restaurant and called authorities.

Synder is charged with tampering with records. Jensen is charged with being an accessory after the fact.

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