Hamden, Conn (WTNH) - A family who couldn't find their loved one's grave came to News 8 for help, and now they're dealing with a new outrage. The Hamden Plains Cemetery on Circular Avenue told them the wrong headstone was on their loved ones grave.
Alfred Pina still is unsure of his mother's resting place at Hamden Plains. On Easter Sunday, Pina's family was unable to locate her grave. The temporary marker was missing.
After our story aired, the management company promised to locate her and put down a marker, but it still wasn't clear.
"It's a ball of confusion. To ask even the people running the gravesite, and they can't even tell me where she is," Pina said Tuesday.
Joining Pina is Jackie Grant, who alerted News 8 to problems here two years ago. Her aunt had to be exhumed to be sure of her burial location. Since then, management at Hamden Plains has changed twice, but with previous poor record keeping, the problems continue.
"Every man, woman, and child that is buried here needs to be accounted for, and they need to keep proper records, so other families don't keep going through this. I know my mother went home to be with the Lord is one thing, but I know her body, her remains, are somewhere in this cemetery. It would be nice to know where," Grant said.
A member of the cemetery committee even came down in-person to try and sort out the problem, but with no markers in many sections, it's difficult to determine.
It turned out the headstone for another person was wrongly installed where Pina's mother is buried. That doesn't make Alfred feel confident he will be paying respects in the right place.
When asked if he will ever feel sure that he found his mother, Pina said, "Not until we saw the coffin. That is the only way you can be sure at this point."
Now they are considering contacting the Attorney General in an effort to get access to the records.
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