Volunteers help clean up local cemetery so neglected, visitors could see bodies

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by KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on November 16, 2012 at 1:03 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 4 at 4:11 PM

BERKELEY, Mo (KMOV.com) – At least a dozen volunteers showed up to Washington Park Cemetery in Berkeley on Friday to help clean up where human remains had once been exposed.

Earlier this month, News 4 was alerted of a crypt at the cemetery that was in such bad shape, the remains of a 7-year-old child could be seen by all visitors.

The neglected cemetery, which is the final resting place for about 40,000 bodies, was bought by Kevin Bailey three years ago because he wanted to care for his father who is buried there.

On Friday, at least 12 people showed up, including Tree City Masonry, to help get the cemetery back to proper form.

They moved the 7-year-old boy’s body and reburied him. Volunteers with Tree City Mason even built a new headstone for the child and were planning on putting a park around where he was relocated.

Volunteers were planning on going back out to the cemetery on Saturday to help continue the massive cleanup efforts. Some said they would be there as early as 8 a.m. and stay until sundown.

Bailey was also asking volunteers to donate dumpsters and lawn equipment, though he added any help was appreciated.

If you want to help with the cemetery, be sure to visit its Facebook page for info on how to volunteer.

 

 

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