Police Trying To Sort Out Alleged Cemetery Scheme

ALSIP, Ill. -- Families lined up at a cemetery in Alsip, Ill., to learn if remains of their loved ones have been disturbed in an alleged scheme to dig up and dump bodies to resell the plots.

Officials are hampered by the lack of maps for large sections of Burr Oak Cemetery.

One woman waiting to check on family graves called the situation "a zoo."

All 150 acres of the cemetery have been declared a crime scene.

Police suspect at least 300 of the 100,000 graves have been dug up.

But when one grave was exhumed because of a report that two people were buried there, only one body was found.

Three former gravediggers and a former cemetery manager have each been charged.

They allegedly made about $300,000 in the scheme.


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