Investigation Continues Into Eastland Co. Cemetery Vandalization

Published 07/11 2014 12:43PM

Updated 07/11 2014 12:49PM

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EASTLAND COUNTY, TX -- The search continues for the vandals that damaged dozens of headstones in an Eastland County cemetery, as well as for the families of those whose graves have been disturbed and headstones destroyed or damaged.

The vandalism was discovered at Merriam Cemetery just south of Ranger on June 30. The public was outraged to find dozens of grave sites had been tampered with and many head stones, some old and irreplaceable, pushed over or broken. 

On July 9th, investigators revealed that they had new leads based on cell phone records, though they would not give any specifics. 

The Eastland County Sheriff's Department recovered beer cans from the scene in hopes of collecting fingerprints. 

Now, the small Merriam Cemetery Board of Directors is searching for the families of those affected by the vandalism, though with some of the damaged grave sites so old, it remains to be seen whether any family remains in the area. 

At this time, investigations continue. 

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