Search For Cemetery Vandals Heats Up

By: Tamara Evans Email
By: Tamara Evans Email

Authorities are following several leads to find the people who turned over more than 100 headstones in the Versailles cemetery last week.

As the search for culprits continues, cleanup of the damage is slowly happening as crews await equipment to help them lift the heavy headstones.

150 headstones were knocked over and now a reward from the city is going up.

"A couple of tips have come in. The detectives interviewed a couple people of interest in this case and the city has upped the reward to $5,000, so we want to find out who did it and make sure it's brought to justice for the community," said Officer Pat Melton of the Versailles Police Dept.

In what police say was a very despicable act, they are aggressively searching for the individuals responsible. Meanwhile the community is hoping they are found soon.

"I've never seen anything like this. It's unreal", says Versailles resident, Jane Barber.

"We can't understand why anybody could be so mean or so evil", says Barbara Peach, a frequent visitor of the cemetery.

"They're outraged at this, that someone would do this. Why they would get their kicks out of doing this, I don't know. It's bad, the community is very upset", says Officer Melton.

"They should have to put all the stones back up", says Barbara Peach

"They should have to sit down with the families they hurt and just hear from them", says Jane Barber.

Police say the people found responsible will be facing a felony charge.

Meanwhile, if any businesses would like to help contribute to the reward the city is offering to catch the people responsible, please contact the Versailles Mayor, Fred Siegelman at (859) 873-4581.

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  • by trudge Location: ashland on Feb 24, 2009 at 06:36 PM
    hope these punks are caught. sincerely hope that part of their punishment is to spend many, many hours back at the cemetary restoring the tombstones they vandalized.
  • by Zeke Location: Olin on Feb 24, 2009 at 05:38 PM
    Anonymous, isn`t it easier for you to fall over than get back up? Well tombstones are like that, it is a heck of a lot harder to upright one than it is to push one over.
  • by Hannah Location: Hodge on Feb 24, 2009 at 03:12 PM
    i think that who ever done that should be sentanced to life!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • by Steve Location: KY. on Feb 24, 2009 at 03:00 PM
    They won't do anything to them if they catch them. They caught the punk who did the same thing in Nicholas county, and slapped him on the wrist. He's out walking the streets again. When there are no consequenses this kind of thing will never stop.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 24, 2009 at 12:08 PM
    It doesn't make sense that they need equipment to pick up the headstones, yet whomever vandalized the cemetery did not them to push them over.
  • by Susan Location: small town KY on Feb 24, 2009 at 09:47 AM
    It is so sad to hear about things like this happening. Probably just a bunch of kids doing it on a dare or just for kicks. Is there not respect anymore for the dead? I wonder how the ones that did this senseless act would feel if someone did this to one of their loved ones? SHAME ON YOU IF YOU DID THIS! You will be reminded of this on the judgement day.
  • by T Location: Berea on Feb 24, 2009 at 09:15 AM
    Which cemetery is this?
  • by Bob Location: KY on Feb 24, 2009 at 08:53 AM
    What a bunch of punks, they need brought to justice and need a very harsh punishment. How could anyone do such a thing? I feel sad for the families who have to see their loved one's gravesites treated so disrespectfully.


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