The body of alleged Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev was buried in a non-disclosed location Wednesday evening.
"As a result of our public appeal for help, a courageous and compassionate individual came forward to provide the assistance needed to properly bury the deceased," said the Worcester (Mass.) Police Department in a released statement.
"The body is no longer in the city of Worcester and is now entombed," said the statement.
Tsarnaev's corpse was stored at the Graham Putnam & Mahoney Funeral Parlor since May 3. The funeral home director was unable to find a cemetery willing to inter the remains and appealed to the FBI and Gov. Deval Patrick, D-Mass., for assistance. Protesters outside the funeral home advocated for burial in a landfill.
Worcester community activist William Breault announced Monday he was establishing a "Body Transportation Fund" to fly Tsarnaev's body back to Russia for burial. Within 24 hours the fundraiser pulled in more than $3,000, Breault told Worcester Mag. "If they were to say we're shipping him out, we'd have a check within a half hour," Breault told the publication earlier this week.
It's unclear if Breault contributed to the body's interment.
Ruslan Tsarni, Tsarnaev's uncle who condemned him as a "loser" after the bombing, prepared the corpse according to Islamic tradition and advocated for a burial in Cambridge, Mass. Cambridge City Manager Robert Healey said Sunday that Tsarnaev wasn't welcome.
"I have determined that it is not in the best interest of peace within the city to execute a cemetery deed for a plot within the Cambridge Cemetery for the body of Tamerlan Tsarnaev," Healey said in a statement quoted by ABC News.
A staffer at the Cambridge City Manager's office told U.S. News Thursday that Tsarnaev wasn't buried there. "The statement stands," the staffer said.
It's conceivable that the body was given a non-cemetery burial on private property.
Massachusetts law, however, says that with the exception of family burials on private property "no land, other than that already so used or appropriated, shall be used for burial, unless by permission of the town or of the mayor and aldermen of the city in which the same lies; but no such permission shall be given until the location of the lands intended for such use has been approved in writing by the board of health of the town where the lands are situated."
The Massachusetts Attorney General's office referred U.S News to the state Department of Public Health's Division of Community Sanitation for more information on private burials, but a spokesperson for the sanitation department didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.
A funeral home official said the body was buried outside of Massachusetts, the Boston Globe reports. Tsarni, who lives in Maryland, reportedly approved of the location. Tsarnaev's widow, Katherine Russell, had handed over that responsibility.
The Boston Herald, which has consistently reported accurate information about the April 15 bombing and its aftermath, is not reporting if the body was interred in Massachusetts or outside the state.
"[W]e'd like to thank the community that provided the burial site," said Worcester police in their Thursday statement, implying that in addition to the "courageous and compassionate individual" there were other people involved in the decision to accept the remains.
Tsarnaev died April 19 during a shoot-out with police. His 19-year-old brother and alleged accomplice, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, is awaiting trial on federal charges for the attack at the Boston Marathon that killed three people and maimed many others.