Thomas County, Georgia -- April 10, 2012
Gross Vault and Monument company has volunteered to reinter the remains found in a Boston cemetary. Caretakers at Carroll Hill Community Cemetery called the Thomas County sheriff's cemetary after discovering the remains and a broken slab of a grave at the end of March. The name on the slab read 'Berthene Range,' but no family members have come forward to identify where the grave was originally.
Thomas County, Georgia -- April 3, 2012 -
Sunday was April Fool's Day but a call to the Thomas County Sheriff's office was no joke.
"Sunday we received a call from some caretakers at a local cemetery, located on B Green road in Thomas County...they discovered some bones that appeared to be human," said Lt. Tim Watkins of the Thomas County Sheriff's Office.
The caretakers of Carroll Hill Community Cemetery contacted members of the community who had ties there and they asked if anyone had done any digging. No one came forward, so they contacted the sheriff's office.
"We discovered parts of human remains in one section of the cemetary, a mound of dirt that had been unearthed with human remains in another. Near the mound of dirt we found a slab," said Watkins.
On the remaining pieces of slab behind me you can make out the name 'Berthene' and a death date of 1942.
Not everything in the case is clear yet, but investigators say it may be someone just not dong the right thing.
"We think that someone was trying to dig a grave to put someon in and unearthed another grave. At that point they should have stopped and covered the other grave back up," explained Watkins.
Cemetery vandalism is a felony. A conviction carries a penalty of up to 5 years in prison.