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UPDATE: 54 grave sites vandalized


Managers at Pine Grove Cemetery in Wausau say 54 total grave sites were vandalized over the weekend. Wausau police are investigating into what happened.

The vandalism had people checking Pine Grove Cemetery and St. Joseph's Cemetery on Grand Avenue, to see if their family's sites were affected.

Managers say someone vandalized more than two dozen grave sites.

"To have this kind of devastation in a sacred, not just a beautiful park, but a sacred ground, it's really sad to see families grieving and know that this is going on at that time," said Wausau Cemetery Association General Manager Patricia Grimm.

Grimm says the phone has been ringing off the hook.

"We've been out and about in the cemetery all day checking on stones for families," said Grimm.

Mary Karlen is one of hundreds of people who have family buried at the cemetery. She says she came right away when she heard the news.

"So far, I see that everybody's OK. But I feel bad for the families that will come here and see their family's stones tipped over," said Karlen.

Karlen says she can't believe someone would do this.

"Let the people rest in peace and let the family come out to see the stone as it was erected years ago," said Karlen.

The Poniatowski woman says she's been coming here since she was a little girl, and says families shouldn't have to see their loved one's sites like this.

"There's a lot of history here," said Karlen.

Cemetery leaders say some of the sites are more than 100 years old, which will make them harder to repair.

"You'll always see a scar or a blemish on the stone. So to replace them, they're just replaced with something current day and you lose that rich history that was there previously," said Grimm.

Managers say an insurance adjuster will come in to look at the damage and that's when workers can start to put the pieces back together.

"It's going to take a little bit of work and a little bit of time but we will make it all right," said Grimm.

Wausau Police say they don't have any suspects right now. If you have any information or see anything suspicious, give police a call.  

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