Remains stolen from graveyard

August 24, 2010 5:58:45 AM PDT
A Cumberland County family says it's devastated after someone stole their son's cremated remains from a graveyard.Dianne Jones says her grief has turned to torment.

"I think it's very cruel that someone would do something like this, to actually steal human remains," Jones said.

She says for the second time she has lost her son. Jones says she'll never rest in peace until her son's remains are returned.

Her son, 29-year-old Charlie Jones, died last August. His mother and father had his cremated remains interred in a burial stone. They say it was supposed to be a place of peace and solace.

Last Friday, his mother found a gaping hole in the rock. Her son's remains, the metal cylinder, and the brass nameplate were gone.

"I was shocked," Jones said. "We put him out there specifically that his friends and family would have a place to grieve and to me, a cemetery is hallowed ground."

The burial stone is one of eight set in a row at Cumberland Memorial Gardens on Raeford Road.

For now, the Jones family has used a piece of plastic and a couple of bricks to keep the hole in the stone from filling with rain water.

They say the people who run the cemetery told them they are just as shocked and baffled about what happened as the family.

Jones says she can't imagine who would do this or why.

"He deserved to at least have a place to rest in peace, that's all I want," Jones said. "You can keep the metal everything; just bring the ashes back to us that's all I want."

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