Cemetery searching for answers after headstones found damaged
THREE RIVERS, Mich. (WWMT) - A West Michigan cemetery sexton is in disbelief tonight, after almost two dozen historic headstones were vandalized so close to the holiday.
The damage happened at Riverside Cemetery in Three Rivers Wednesday. The sexton wants justice to be served.
“You can see where the orange stakes are right here,” Richard Clements said. “Those are some of the ones they busted."
Stone memories of lives lost toppled and defaced at riverside cemetery. Clements is working to track down who caused the damage.
"About 20 stones, great big pillar ones, and some little limestone ones that are a hundred plus years old," Clements said, describing the damaged headstones.
Clements says the cemetery insurance company estimates repairs could cost up to $200,000.
He describes the situation as a show of disrespect, putting a damper on the holiday season.
"Discouraged, I can't believe somebody would do this to people that are gone," Clements said.
Clements says he filed a police report, and there are no surveillance cameras that could have captured the suspects on camera.
If the suspects are caught, Clements wants to personally help serve justice.
"I think if we do catch them, I think community service hours out here at the cemetery with me," Clements said. "I think they should have to put some time in to replace what they have done."
Newschannel 3 have a phone call in to detectives over at the Three Rivers Police Department about the status of this investigation. We are waiting to hear back for more information.