Thursday, July 28, 2005

Finding a Missing Tombstone in One Step

From The Waterloo Cedar-Falls (Iowa) Courier of July 28, 2005:

Old tombstone found in Waterloo back yard

By TINA HINZ, Courier Staff Writer

WATERLOO — Ryan Jensen dug up more than expected last week while redoing a path from his back door to his driveway.

What appeared to be a "nice little stepping stone" to enter his house was in fact a woman's tombstone. As he brushed away dirt from the backside, which had been lying face-down, the word "died" stood out.

"I was shocked," said Jensen, who lives at 837 Western Ave. "I didn't know what to think. I set it up on my deck and cleaned it up. I just felt really bad. I've stepped on it for seven years."


Jensen hasn't ruled out the possibility of a body buried beneath.

"I don't like to think about that," he said. "A couple people at work wanted me to look into it and call the city to dig about 45 feet. I kind of wanted to at first, but I don't know. It probably wouldn't make me want to sleep very much at night (if a body is uncovered)."


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I guess Ryan won't be getting that in-ground pool he's always wanted.

Update: For the apparent solution to the mystery, see the The Waterloo Cedar-Falls (Iowa) Courier of July 30, 2005.

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