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Crypts tampered with in two Martinsburg cemeteries

May 14, 2013

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Authorities are investigating incidents at two cemeteries in Martinsburg, where approximately 50 to 60 crypts have been tampered with, according to a news release from the West Virginia State Police.

According to the release, Trooper 1st Class R.D. Eshbaugh on Tuesday responded to the Pleasant View Cemetery on Charles Town Road, where a caretaker at the facility noted damage to the mausoleum buildings on the south side of the property.

Further investigation revealed approximately 50 crypts between two buildings had been tampered with, according to the release.

Police allege the suspects removed the granite plates and caskets, and opened the caskets before placing them back inside the crypts and resecuring the granite plates.

A similar incident is being investigated at Rosedale Cemetery in Martinsburg, the release said.

The incidents occurred over an unknown period of time, according to the release.

State police, along with personnel from the two cemeteries, are attempting to make contact with family members of those buried in the affected crypts as part of the investigation, according to the release.

Anyone with information about the incidents is asked to contact West Virginia State Police at 304-267-0002 or 304-267-0000.

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