HAMDEN, Conn. (WTNH)-- It's being called the cemetery without a name. A New Haven woman tells News 8, it's so messy that at one point she couldn't even find her mother's gravestone.
Sherelle Douglas and her five-year-old daughter sing Happy Birthday to the son and brother they never got to meet.
"I lost my son at five months and he's buried on top of my mother," said Douglas.
Sherelle's mother died when she was just two-years-old. All she has is a gravestone at a Hamden cemetery she doesn't know the name or the address of, since there are no signs up.
When asked what she thinks it looks like now, Douglas said, " Woods. It looks disgusting. It's frustrating. It's a disaster."
Sherelle says for over a year the cemetery has looked like a disaster and no one can track down the owner. At one point, she couldn't even find her mother's grave. She had to clean up the area around it to figure it out.
"It's very disrespectful..very disrespectful," said Douglas.
She says she's called the town of Hamden, only to find out, they don't own the property. She was at least hoping to find out the name of the cemetery.
"It's upsetting to me. I'm scared to come out here. I mean even though my mom's here, but look how it looks," said Douglas.
News 8 took these questions to the town offices. The Assessor's office says the cemetery does have a name. It's called State Street Cemetery and the address is 2125 State Street. But, there is no listed owner. So, now who's going to fix the problem.
News 8's Erin Logan went to the Mayor's office to ask if the town plans to clean it up, but he wasn't there. It was learned that at least two of the office's have been called about this mess, so they are aware.
Sherelle says this is the last thing she expected. All she wants is one simple thing for her family and all of these other families who have loved ones buried here.
"Something that I can just sit and talk with her and put flowers down just make her peaceful," said Douglas.
Mayor Scott Jackson did say the conditions of the cemetery are of concern and he looks forward to working with the state in finding creative solutions to this issue.
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