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Headstones toppled at Belton cemetery

Tuesday, July 24, 2012 | 8:44 a.m. CDT; updated 2:01 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 24, 2012

BELTON — A $2,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of the people who toppled 45 headstones at Belton Cemetery.

A walker discovered the damage Monday. Cemetery officials said they are shocked and the vandalism caused needless pain for families.

KCTV reported that more than 6,000 people were buried at the cemetery, including 2,000 veterans.

Fourteen tombstones from the 1800s were vandalized in a cemetery west of Centralia sometime between May 30 and July 4. The Boone County Sheriff’s Department is seeking information about the vandalism.


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