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Family of Nazi war criminal enraged over disappearance of his body in surreal twist to case

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People hold up signs with names of Nazi concentration and death camps during a march marking the 70th anniversary of the roundup and deportation of Rome's Jews to concentration camps, in Rome's ghetto neighborhood, Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013. Nazi forces rounded up more than 1,000 Jews from Rome's ghetto and nearby neighborhoods and sent them by train to Auschwitz. Only 16 survived. Rome's Jewish community, which gathered Wednesday amid deep anger over the late Nazi war criminal Erich Priebke and his Holocaust-denying final statement. Priebke died Friday in Rome, where he was serving a life term for his role in the 1944 massacre of 335 civilians at the Ardeatine Caves outside the capital. (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca) (The Associated Press)

The case of Nazi war criminal Erich Priebke has taken on another bizarre twist with his family saying it doesn't know where his body is.

Family lawyer Paolo Giachini said Thursday that he and Priebke's family lost track of Priebke's casket Tuesday night, when they tried to celebrate a funeral Mass for him in a church compound in Albano Laziale south of Rome.

At a certain point, he told Sky TG24, a group of about 30 people entered the compound and took the casket out following protests pitting Priebke's right-wing supporters against his detractors.

Giachini said he assumed the Italian military was responsible; Italian state radio said the casket was taken to a nearby military base.

But Giachini said he doesn't know who has the body or where it is.