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Authorities Seek Public's Assistance in Cemetery Vandalism Case

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The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's assistance in tracking down those responsible for vandalism of headstones, some over 100 years old, at McGee Cemetery in Woodlawn.

In a press release sent out Wednesday, the sheriff's office said the vandalism was reported when a man with the American Legion went to the cemetery to put American flags on the gravestones the day before Memorial day when he found headstones turned over, damaged and destroyed.

The photos have been provided by Investigator Bishop Delaney who is investigating the case.

"Seeing it like that was appalling  -- it was a clear sign of disrespect," Delaney said. "I determined that some of the gravestones were so old that the words were worn away. Others had dates that indicated they were over 100 years old. I knew there was definitely some history there."

Delaney contacted the Montgomery County Archives, but they said no contact information was on file for a responsible party for the cemetery.

Delaney said in the release he hopes the public can help find those responsible for the vandalism of the headstones, as well as find someone who is in charge of the cemetery.

"I hope the public will be able to help to find who is in charge, so the repairs and replacement of the gravestones may begin," Delaney said. "Many of them look like they could be repaired to maintain the history of the families there."

If anyone has any information about the possible vandals or of those responsible for the property, please contact Delaney at Ext. 13409.


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