More grave markers reported stolen in Letcher County

By: Jordan Vilines Email
By: Jordan Vilines Email

Two weeks ago, we told you about several military markers that suddenly disappeared from three cemeteries in Letcher County.

Now the sheriff tells us more markers have been stolen from other graves in the area and more arrests are expected to be made.

When news got out that military markers were being taken from Letcher county cemeteries, the Letcher County Sheriff’s Office started getting calls that people were going out to graveyards and finding out that they had lost a marker off their loved ones grave.

In the past two weeks, eight more markers were reported missing.

Overall, 20 markers have been stolen this month alone and several more have been damaged.

Mike Caudill’s father’s military marker was stolen from a cemetery in Jeremiah.

Caudill said he was shocked that anyone would choose to violate the graves of America’s heroes.

There is some good news for the victims of these graveyard thefts.

Officials say the Kentucky veterans affairs told us they can be replaced one time free of charge.

Caudill says he's working closely with the sheriff to make sure his father's marker makes its way back to the family cemetery and stays there.

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