Tuesday, February 13, 2007

He's Lost Without a Washtub

Authorities are investigating whether a rural South Carolina graveyard has been "tampered with." According to aerial maps, the cemetery has shrunk considerably in recent years, and a new hill has appeared. The above-ground vault of Harry Austin's mother has disappeared, and the distinctive markers that helped him find the graves of his father, uncle, aunt and grandfather are gone.

Austin said the trees above the graves were sometimes marked with the help of an ax or a saw. A washtub was hung in the tree and a cross placed in the ground to locate the burial site, he said.

"That's how I know where it was at," Austin said. [Link]

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