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Casket Dragged Out of Tomb, Left Open at This Texas Cemetery

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Police are seeking assistance from the public after a groundskeeper at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Beaumont, Texas, found two badly damaged caskets. One casket was removed from its tomb and left open.

Local reports indicate that Beaumont Police responded to a burglary call from the Forest Lawn Cemetery (at 4955 Pine St.) on Wednesday, July 10, 2019. Officers stated that the groundskeeper had discovered two of the property’s mausoleum tombs to be considerably damaged. A picture of the scene was posted to the Beaumont, Texas, police department’s Facebook page, in which one can clearly see a casket which was left wide open. It’s believed that the incident occurred somewhere between Monday, July 1, 2019, after 2 p.m., and Wednesday, July 3, 2019, at 9 a.m.

Officer Haley Morrow, of the Beaumont Police Department, told wfmynews2.com, “To have that resting place be disturbed, it’s a very uncomfortable and disturbing feeling. It’s not something that anyone should take lightly.” Authorities are asking those with any details on the matter to contact the Southeast Texas Crime Stoppers at 409-833-TIPS. Similarly, they can download the P3 TIPS app and submit their tip anonymously using a tablet or smartphone. Dwight Benoit, a Beaumont pastor, noted to wfmynews.com, “They only desecrated a brick and mortar and clay and ash barrier ground, but their loved one is at peace with God.”

Casket Dragged Out of Tomb, Left Open at This Texas Cemetery

Photo: National Park Service

Forest Lawn Cemetery serves Beaumont area families as well as those of Southeast Texas. Their funeral home and memorial park are adjacent to each other, giving those who have lost a loved one the ease in planning and carrying out final wishes without undue stress and pressure of visiting a number of sites. They specialize in giving families personalized services and working to create the best way possible to honor the ones they’ve lost. Any information or tips with respect to this crime can be reported to the Southeast Texas Crime Stoppers hotline anonymously.

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