updated 05/09/2013 AT 10:40 AM ET
•originally published 05/09/2013 AT 11:05 AM ET
The body of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev has been buried in an undisclosed location outside the city of Worcester, where it had been held for a week at a funeral home, police said Thursday.
“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,” Worcester police said in a statement.
Sgt. Kerry Hazelhurst said the body was no longer in Worcester and is now entombed.
Police did not disclose where the body was taken.
Tsarnaev’s body had been at the Graham Putnam & Mahoney Funeral Parlors for a week. Director Peter Stefan says he could not find a community willing to take the body, including Cambridge, where the family had lived for a decade.
Tsarnaev’s uncle, Ruslan Tsarni, had custody of the body.
Tsarnaev was killed in a shootout with police April 19, following the bombings at the Boston Marathon that killed three and injuring more than 170. A police officer at MIT was also killed in a related incident.
Meanwhile, Tsarnaev’s widow, Katherine Russell, continues to face questions from federal authorities and has hired a criminal lawyer with experience defending terrorism cases.