Fiancee sues county morgue for possession of body

David Yates May 2, 2012, 8:51am

Seeking possession of her fiancee's corpse, Sabrina Whitney has filed an injunction against the Jefferson County Morgue.

The petition was filed April 25 in Jefferson County District Court.

According to the petition, on April 23 Sean Steiner's body was discovered in a Port Arthur canal.

Whitney, who has two children with Steiner and represented to others that they intended to marry, filed the injunction to stop the body from being released to someone else.

Upon information and belief, Steiner's biological mother is deceased; thereby, making Whitney and her two children the proper parties to take possession of the body, the petition states.

Whitney is asking the court to enjoin the morgue from releasing the body.

According to reports in the Port Arthur News, the Port Arthur Police Department found the body of 43-year-old Steiner in the water near the intersection of Texas 73 and Texas 69 in Port Arthur.

Police also found Steiner's abandoned car in Port Arthur leading them to believe he may have been walking home along Texas 73 to Port Neches the night he was killed.

A Groves man is being questioned by police, who think there may be a link between damage to the man's car discovered when he was pulled over for a headlight violation at 3:48 a.m. on April 19.

Steiner and Whitney operated a popular pet grooming business in Nederland.

Whitney is represented by Port Arthur attorney Brandon Monk.

Judge Gary Sanderson, 6oth District Court, is assigned to the case.

Case No. B192-363

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