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Georgia sheriff investigates desecration of graves

STATESBORO, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say grave robbers might be responsible for digging up two century-old graves in Bulloch County.

Sheriff Lynn Anderson tells the Statesboro Herald that holes dug into the graves might indicate an attempted theft of bones or valuables buried with the deceased people.

He said it was unclear whether any valuables were taken due to the age of the graves and lack of information regarding burials in the family cemetery off Old River Road South.

Zachary Grizzard, whose family discovered the damage this week and reported it to the sheriff, tells WTOC-TV that most of the headstones are from the late 1800s.

The Herald reports that most of the graves in the cemetery are in the Simmons family name. 1 of the desecrated graves bears the name Alice Brannen Simmons.

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