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Police investigate 'devastating' vandalism at Elmwood Cemetery

Police investigate 'devastating' vandalism at Elmwood Cemetery

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WATERLOO — An estimated 40 to 50 gravestones, some dating back more than a century, were damaged in an overnight vandalism spree at Elmwood Cemetery.

“It’s very devastating historically and for the respect of families,” said Joe Fox, the cemetery’s manager, as he surveyed the overturned stones.

“They toppled some huge markers. It would take two or three adults to cause some of this. To do that many, and that many large ones, they had to of really intentionally wanted to come out and do some damage,” he said.

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A small, weathered stone for a 2-month-old baby named Allen who died in the 1800s appears to have been punted, resting about five feet from that child’s burial place. Allen was one of two children found buried on the Hanna Settlement property off of University Avenue years ago during a building  project, and the two were reinterred at Elmwood.

A small, weathered stone for a 2-month-old baby named Allen who died in the 1800s appears to have been punted, resting about five feet from the infant’s burial spot. Fox said Allen was one of two children found buried on the Hanna Settlement property off of University Avenue years ago during a building project, and they were re-interred at Elm-wood.

Thankfully, Allen’s marker remained intact. Others were shattered.

“Some of these old ones that are in pieces, sometimes we can’t get those fixed,” Fox said.

Crews were working at Elmwood until about 10 p.m. Monday, and workers discovered the damage on Tuesday morning, Fox said.

Waterloo police photographed the vandalism and collected other evidence, but no arrests have been made as of Tuesday night.



PHOTOS: Elmwood Cemetery Vandalism, June 2020

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