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Court records reveal complaints of misplaced bodies at closed Birmingham cemetery

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George Washington Carver Memorial Gardens closed suddenly in September. Source: WBRC video George Washington Carver Memorial Gardens closed suddenly in September. Source: WBRC video
An excerpt from one of the court documents filed in 2009 alleges that a woman was not buried in one of the purchased spaces at the cemetery. Source: WBRC An excerpt from one of the court documents filed in 2009 alleges that a woman was not buried in one of the purchased spaces at the cemetery. Source: WBRC
In a case from 2013, a family says the found out someone else had been buried in place of their mother. Source: WBRC In a case from 2013, a family says the found out someone else had been buried in place of their mother. Source: WBRC
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BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

It's hard enough losing someone you love. Imagine not knowing if your loved one was actually laid to rest in the grave that was bought and paid for.

That's what several people claim happened at George Washington Carver Memorial Gardens, Inc. Records going back for several years show complaints about bodies being misplaced.

Court records show that in 2006, Evelyn Scott said she "visited her husband's grave site to place flowers on his grave and learned that the defendant had buried another person in the plot."

The case was later dismissed.

Another document alleged in 2007, "During the funeral for Mary Jarman it was discovered that the grave that had been prepared...was in the wrong location and the funeral could not be completed as agreed."

The case was later dismissed.

According to court records, in 2009, La-Faree King Lillie "was informed by the defendant that her mother was not buried in one of the spaces...purchased."

A settlement was reached in this case.

Walter Johnson filed a complaint this year that is still ongoing. He said his mother died in 1998 but "on mother's day 2012 [the Johnson family] was horrified to find that another person had been buried in place of their mother. A young boy named Walter Carter was now buried in place of their mother's grave."

George Washington Carver Memorial Gardens closed suddenly in September, leaving customers with more questions than answers about its future.

Fox6 News tried to reach out to Fred Garfield, a lawyer representing the business, this weekend. So far, we have not been able to reach him. He did issue this statement on Thursday:

"Ownership and management are exploring options about the continued operation of the cemetery, which may include a change of ownership and management."

We'll update with his revised statement when it becomes available.

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