A gravestone mystery has police asking "Who is Edith?" - ABC 12 – WJRT – Flint, MI

A gravestone mystery has police asking "Who is Edith?"


(10/22/13) - Edith. Who is his or her family? And why would someone take his or her headstone?

These are questions state police have been trying to answer since the grave marker was found two weeks ago outside a barn on Berne Road, near Pinnebog, in Meade Township in Huron County.
There have been cases of vandalism or thefts from cemeteries before, but this case is a little different.

"People taking flowers or other personal items, kind of uncommon to have a tombstone taken," says Sergeant Brian McComb of the Michigan State Police.

The name Edith is engraved, but McComb is not sure if Edith is a first name or last name.

"Kind of think it was the first name, just because the tombstone is about two foot in height and we are thinking that maybe the family name would be on a larger tombstone.

McComb says calls have been made to thumb area cemeteries to find out where the headstone came from, with no luck, and he adds smaller cemeteries might not have anyone that would oversee the graveyard. He believes more than one person had to be part of the plan to remove the headstone.

"The tombstone probably would have to be carried by a couple of people, it's probably at least over a couple of hundred pounds," McComb says.

Thirteen days after it was found, the state police wanted to get the word out that a headstone has been found, and an unsuspecting family might not even know it's missing from their loved ones resting place.

"Anyone either with maybe the last name of Edith or if they have an Edith in their family, go out and check the cemetery to see if their headstone is still there," McComb said.

The people who own the property where the headstone was found don't know how it got there.

If you have any idea where it may have come from, you are asked to give the Michigan State Police a phone call.

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