Ice Cream Mogul's Family Wants His Body Exhumed POSTED: 8:27 pm EDT April 23, 2007 UPDATED: 8:24 am EDT April 24, 2007 HOLLYWOOD, Fla. -- The family of an ice cream mogul said Monday they are ready to exhume his body to prove he died in a crime cover-up 17 years ago. Tom Carvel was a fixture during the 1970s and 1980s in the Carvel Ice Cream Company's commercials. He was also often seen at various South Florida stores. Carvel family members said he sold the company in 1989 and died a year later, allegedly of natural causes. But his niece, a South Florida resident, said she thinks he was killed. She filed a request in federal court on Friday asking a judge to let her have Carvel's body, which is buried in New York, exhumed so they can settle the issue once and for all. Carvel and his wife Agnes, who never had children, built a chain of 900 franchise stores famous for their ice cream cakes. "He was found dead the day before he had said to a number of people that he was going to fire his secretary and one of his attorneys because he suspected that they had been involved in the embezzlement of large sums," Pamela Carvel, Carvel's niece, said. Pamela Carvel said Agnes Carvel was supposed to be the sole beneficiary but got nothing. "I was suspicious, but I didn't have anything to work on at that time. Then I started to talk to my cousins, and they were all suspicious too that he didn't die of natural causes. They thought it was badly timed. That the day before he was going to fire these people, he was found dead and once he was dead, they take over everything away from Agnes." She also said that no member of the Carvel family is benefiting from her uncle' s death. "But all the people who he was going to fire are not only benefiting, but becoming multimillionaires because of his death," Pamela Carvel said. The death certificate says Tom Carvel died of a heart attack, but his niece said she doesn't buy it.
"The doctor who supposedly signed the death certificate and who was supposed to be my uncle's doctor had not seen him in months, maybe as much as a year," Pamela Carvel said. "He said he never filled out the death certificate." Pamela Carvel said she thinks the doctor's signature was forged on the death certificate and hopes the federal judge will grant her request to have the body exhumed. Copyright 2007 by NBC6.net. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
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