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8News Investigates: Grave Robber Strikes Mecklenburg Co.

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Investigators in Mecklenburg County say they've found at least two graves that have been dug up. Investigators in Mecklenburg County say they've found at least two graves that have been dug up.
MECKLENBURG COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) - Investigators in Mecklenburg County say they've found at least two graves that have been dug up.

Carolyn Moore's nephew, Tavon Lewis was just 7 months old when he passed away in 1999. She struggles to express her thoughts and to find the right words at seeing a loved one's grave ripped open and his remains exposed.

"My mind is boggled," Lewis said. "I don't know. It's just, I don't understand."

The little boy's grave is the second burial plot in two days to be found disturbed. At the nearby Canaan Church Cemetery, a grave belonging to a 44-year-old woman who died in 2000 was also dug up and her casket broken into.

"[We] saw dirt had been taken out put back in, so we proceeded to dig down to the casket to make sure everything was still there," said Mecklenburg County Sheriff Bobby Hawkins. "When we got down to the casket it had been compromised, tampered with."
 
Sheriff Hawkins and his crime scene technicians have spent the past two days searching and sifting through the defiled graves. He's not saying just what was taken, but Mecklenburg's top lawman is not holding back his revulsion for those responsible.

"This is personal," he said. "Something like this happens, it's as low as you can get."
 
Law enforcement in Mecklenburg and neighboring jurisdictions are visiting each and every cemetery trying to determine if the grave robbers have dug up anyone else's loved ones.


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