Morgue worker tried to steal sex doll from dead man’s home for ‘evidentiary purposes’: Sheriff


Ryan Smith (Sarpy County Sheriff's Office)

Ryan Smith (Sarpy County Sheriff’s Office)

A 42-year-old mortuary worker in Nebraska is facing multiple criminal charges after he was allegedly caught in the midst of an elaborate scheme to break into the home of a recently deceased man and steal his life-size sex doll.

Ryan Smith was taken into custody and charged with one count each of burglary, impersonating a peace officer, first-degree criminal trespass, and tampering with physical evidence, court documents reviewed by Law&Crime show.

According to a probable cause affidavit, deputies with the Sarpy County Sheriff’s Office on Oct. 6, 2023, responded to a call about a deceased adult male at an apartment complex located in the 14000 block of Giles Road in Omaha, Nebraska. A detective on the scene called a local funeral home which normally transports dead bodies to the morgue for autopsy. The funeral home sent two employees, one of whom was Smith, the document states.

Investigators took photographs of the body and the room in which he was found dead before Smith and the other employee took the body away.

“Near the body on the bed was a very real life-size version of an adult female,” the detective wrote in the affidavit. “Both of the males that came to collect the body made comments about the sex doll found on location.”

Police then secured the dead man’s apartment and left the scene.

However, later that day, the detective received another call in regard to the recently deceased man’s apartment. A manager at the apartment complex told authorities that Smith had just called the front desk and claimed that “the sheriff’s office was requesting that he return to collect the sex toy in the bedroom of the deceased,” explaining that investigators “wanted it to collect swabs for biopsy.”

Someone on the managerial staff let Smith — who had brought a body bag with him — back into the apartment to collect the “sex doll” for “evidentiary purposes.”

A short while later, a different apartment manager found that the deceased man’s apartment was deadbolted and latched with a chain across the door. The manager opened the door and said she found Smith inside and that his “shirt was untucked and his pants were in disarray,” per the affidavit.

When the manager forbade Smith from taking the doll, Smith told her he would be back with a warrant. Smith then allegedly spoke to a janitor and asked what time the manager left the building for the day.

A short while after her interaction with Smith, the manager called the sheriff’s office to report what had happened, adding that she feared Smith would return to the building, break in, and steal the sex doll.

Investigators returned to the scene and said several things in the dead man’s apartment had been moved around since they had left, specifically noting that “the bed had been rearranged” and a black survival case was on the bed.

The sex doll also appeared to have been “altered,” police said.

“The sex doll appeared to have been altered near her thigh area as she has dust on her and bedding,” the affidavit states. “It appears that something had rubbed her inner thighs. She was also sticky to the touch with gloves on.”

Authorities then really did take the sex doll into evidence so it could be processed for DNA.

Smith was processed at the Sarpy County Jail and released after posting bond. He is awaiting his next court date.

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