Grave robbers steal Confederate and Revolutionary clothing from the deceased
BURKE COUNTY, GA (WFXG) -
UPDATE: Burke County investigators are
still looking for the grave robbers responsible for digging up soldier grave
sites at the Old Church Cemetery.
"Somebody is very sick to do
something like this, to desecrate a grave," said Post Commander Leroy Bell
Bell oversees the cemetery that
is a secluded location where people from every century are buried dating back
"I just didn't think of
anything like this ever happening," said Bell. "We've never had it happen
before as long as this cemetery has been here."
Bell said the gates to the
cemetery remain locked all the time and it wasn't until he came out here to cut
the grass that he realized that five of the graves were disturbed.
"It would have to be that they
thinking they could get some kind of relics," said Bell.
The grave robbers knocked over head
stones and dug up graves of Revolutionary, Confederate and World War I soldiers
and also some children, taking whatever was in those graves and leaving the
"Any of the artifacts that
would have been buried on some of these soldiers is most likely what the grave
robbers were hunting for, whether to keep them for themselves or to sell,"
said Sgt. Sean Cochran of Burke County Sheriff's Office.
Investigators cannot pinpoint
exactly when these graves were disturbed but believe it happened within the
last two weeks. They told FOX54, they are determined to find whoever is
"They are going to sell it
to the wrong person," said Sgt. Cochran. "They are going to say something, they
are going to do something and somebody is going to tell me."
Investigators are restlessly working to bring these
graves to rest once again. The post commander said they plan to properly
re-bury the soldiers and children soon.
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Burke County Sheriff's Office is investigating Confederate and Revolutionary graves that were robbed at Old Church Cemetery off Idlewood Road in Burke County. Investigators said grave robbers turned over head stones, removed caskets from the ground and proceeded to remove the clothes worn by the soldiers, leaving their bones exposed.
The cemetery is under the care of the American Legion, Post 120. A $1,000 reward is being offered for any information.
Post Commander Leroy Matthew Bell Jr. said they are accepting donations to increase the reward. Anyone interested in donating may contact Post Commander Bell at (706) 564-6066.
If you have any information regarding the investigation, contact Burke County Sheriff's Office at (706) 554-2133.