WTAE is reporting a Finleyville woman said she feels violated after finding that items are missing from a loved one's gravesite at a local cemetery.
Elaine Wasko's father died eight years ago. Wasko told WTAE that, since then, visiting in is usually peaceful, but a recent visit had her perturbed.
Wasko said a golden retriever dog statue and a hand-painted rock that her niece painted had always been there, but recently went missing.
She visited the cemetery office, desperate for answers, to find out "the stuff" was relocated—with hundreds of items from other gravestones—and had been placed hundreds of yards away behind a garage.
Wasko said no letter had been sent out to notify families and that she was upset. On Friday, the cemetery released a statement.
The condition of our diocesan cemeteries and the safety of all visitors and employees is of utmost importance. Every March the Catholic Cemeteries Association conducts a general cleanup of the cemetery properties. Our general clean up has been in place for over 20 years.
To read the full statement, click here.