Old grave dug up

Friday, September 30, 2011 - 12:23pm

The date on the tombstone shows Walter Roberts was buried back in 1911.

But the dirt on the grave is fresh.

That's because someone dug it up..

"I looked over and seen two piles of dirt," said Northside Cemetery Superintendent George Olenic.

Olenic discovered the open grave Monday morning.

"It was really mind boggling. I came up and said wow who would do such a thing for what reason on a 100 year old grave" said Olenic.

He believes more than one person was involved.

He's not even sure how they managed to dig it since the hole is so small.

"It was two foot by four and five foot deep and neatly dug out cleaned out and piles of dirt on each side piled up," explained Olenic.

Another strange fact is Olenic says there wouldn't have been anything in the grave to take.

He says the way people were buried 100 years ago the body and wooden box would have disintegrated by now.

We went to the Butler Library to find out more about Walter Roberts.

Geneology volunteer Carol Holochuk found old newspaper headlines that say Roberts died when he was hit by a train August 3, 1911.

She is intrigued by the story and is working to find a relative.

"When something like this pops up it makes you think maybe someone had family or maybe someone related to him still lives in the area, but so far I haven't found anyone," said Holochuk.

So for now the only thing that lives on is speculation about who did this.

"Could it be a Halloween prank? I know a lot of fraternities when they join they have to do something weird. Even my wife commented even these cults when they join they have to do something weird," said Olenic.
 

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