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Monday, September 19, 2005

The Grass Looks Nice, But What About the Misplaced Bodies?

From The (Wilmington, Del.) News Journal:

Cemetery investigation continues

Riverview Gardens awaiting repairs


BY TERRI SANGINITI / The News Journal
09/19/2005

The grass at Riverview Gardens cemetery, which prompted angry calls to city and state officials from people with relatives buried there, has been cut.

But the wrought-iron fence and gate that disappeared along the cemetery's North Market Street side have yet to see repairs.

City officials said the summer's dry weather prevented the grass from becoming an overgrown tangle of weeds, leaving city inspectors no reason to further cite the cemetery's owner, the Rev. Tom C. Davis, pastor of the Restoration Christian Fellowship Church.

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[Davis] acquired the graveyard for $1 after the former owners had to file for bankruptcy. At that point, a perpetual-care fund had been depleted, and officials were keeping poor burial records and neglecting maintenance. Some bodies buried at the cemetery had been misplaced.

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