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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Grave dug up, remains of baby stolen - Cameron, WI

This is just plain disgusting...

Cameron - A grave has been dug up in a rural cemetery in northwestern Wisconsin and the remains of an infant apparently taken.

A marker on the grave has the date of 1925 and the words "Baby Locke."

Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said pieces of the casket were found, but not any human remains. He said investigators are "under the impression the remains were taken."

"We're not sure if it was targeted or some sort of a prank or bad joke," possibly having something to do with the Halloween season, he said.

The sheriff said the grave in Bandli Park Cemetery, also known as Pioneer Rest Cemetery, in the town of Canton likely was unearthed between Sunday night and Monday morning. The incident was reported Tuesday about 11 a.m.

The hole measured about 20 inches wide, 54 inches long and 48 inches deep.
No other damage was reported in the cemetery, described as well-kept and still in use.
Fitzgerald said the marker had only the one year on it, leading him to believe it might have been the grave of a newborn or stillborn baby.

He planned to consult with the state crime lab on what investigators should look for at the site. They already had dug deeper than the parts of the casket and found no human remains, he said.
The size and rectangular shape of the hole indicates the grave was the target of whoever dug it, he said.

"We believe they probably gained access to the casket area," he said. "If there was remains they did remove them."

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