Family: Cemetery Misplaced Loved One's Body 6-22-2010 - WNEM TV 5

Family: Cemetery Misplaced Loved One's Body 6-22-2010

Burying a loved one is hard enough, but now one local cemetery said it does not know where the loved one is buried.
"No, these spots look totally different,” said Rushanda Mize, Charday Coleman’s sister, while looking over the grave sites. “That one was on the left and the new one is on the right hand side."
Coleman died of lupus complications last year, and this year, her family still hasn’t been able to rest in peace because Gracelawn Cemetery in Flint cannot prove where she was buried.
“Why is this all the way over here?” Mize asked about the headstone for Coleman's grave. “Why is this sitting here, not covered?” The family bought the headstone in February for $1,500 and it’s still not marking her sister’s grave.
“[It was] supposed to be down by Memorial Day,” said Charday’s cousin, NaQuanda Coleman. “To me, they just don’t know where to put it.”
TV5’s Tia Ewang asked the family if they know where Charday’s body is. “We really don’t know,” said Mize.
Other gravestones can be seen lying around the sprawling cemetery grounds, and other families told TV5 the same thing happened to them.
Three families have come forward so far to tell their stories and say that they aren’t sure where their loved ones are buried.
They said the cemetery told them the bodies were one place, then another. Now the situation could become a criminal investigation after the graves were dug up.
Coleman's family hopes they know her final resting place, but if her body isn’t where the cemetery says it is, the family plans to seek charges against Gracelawn’s owners.
“I’m hurt, I’m devastated and we need some answers," said Mize.
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