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Remains of soldier and girl dug up in Ga. cemetery

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Caretakers of one of Georgia's oldest cemeteries say the scene was heart-breaking: A toddler's bones were spilled on the ground. The uniform buried with a soldier in another plot was strewn on the ground.

Now, a reward of more than $2,000 is being offered for information on the desecration at the Old Church Cemetery, which dates to 1758 in the east Georgia countryside near Waynesboro.

Burke County sheriff's Sgt. Sean Cochran said clothing buried with a soldier was removed, leaving his bones exposed

Cochran said relic hunting is a possible motive.

Leroy Bell Jr., commander of the American Legion post that cares for the cemetery, discovered the damage Saturday. He said a small casket containing remains of 14-month Emma Jane McElmurray, buried in 1884, was removed and its contents dumped out.

 

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