Vandals Hit Cemetery Again; Limestone Co. Authorities Offer Reward

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TANNER, Ala. (WHNT) – Emotions are high again for people who have loved ones buried at a cemetery in Limestone County.  One week after vandals knock over dozens of headstones, they do the same thing again.

Investigators are still looking for the culprits who ransacked Hatchett Cemetery on Goode Road in Tanner.  Friday, they learned someone returned to the cemetery to vandalize it again.

Members of the church had put in days of work to clean up the damage and have the headstones repaired. 

“I first thought, what’s the reason for this?” asked Thomas Townsend. What is the purpose?”

Townsend first came into contact with Limestone County Sheriff’s deputies near the graves last week. Investigators were there to try to gather clues about who knocked over and destroyed 95 percent of the cemetery’s headstones.

Deputies were back Friday, after someone damaged 66 headstones.

“I don’t know who it is or what motive they could have,” said Townsend. “It doesn’t make any sense to me.”

Townsend is a deacon at Little Ezekiel Missionary Baptist Church.  All of the people buried at the cemetery are related to members of the church.

“We are going to have to come back in to do what we need to do to make it right,” said Townsend.

He had a message for the vandals.

“Please stop because it is costing us a lot of money and time,” Townsend said.

The Limestone County Sheriff’s Office is offering a reward in the case.  If you have any information, please call (256) 232-0111.

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