Reward after historic cemetery's graves desecrated

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Associated Press

Posted on April 18, 2013 at 12:32 PM

Updated Thursday, Apr 18 at 12:34 PM

ATLANTA (AP) — Authorities say graves at one of Georgia's oldest cemeteries have been desecrated and they are trying to find whoever removed a child's casket and dumped a soldier's uniform on the ground.

A reward of more than $2,000 is being offered for clues about the desecration at the Old Church Cemetery, which dates to 1758 and is located in the east Georgia countryside.

Leroy Bell Jr., commander of the American Legion post that cares for the cemetery, discovered the damage Saturday. He said a casket containing remains of a 14-month-old girl buried there in 1884 was removed and its contents dumped out.

Burke County sheriff's Sgt. Sean Cochran said clothing buried with a soldier was removed, leaving his bones exposed. Cochran said relic hunting was a possible motive.

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