Hamden (WTNH) - News Channel 8 was first to report problems with mis-marked andunmarked graves at a Hamden cemetery.
Frustrated family came to us with disturbing tales of not beingable to locate their loved ones. The state is suing, saying manyfamilies have gone through anguish during a difficult time and somestill don't know where their loved ones are buried.
Jackie Grant can now pay respects to her aunt in the properplace at Hamden Plans Cemetery. "Now we know where she is and sheis where she is supposed to be," Grant said.
She first came to News Channel 8 last year telling us the storyof her aunt's mis-marked grave.
Now the state is taking action against the cemetery manager. "Ifit wasn't for Channel 8 bringing this out into the attention wewould not have gotten very far.
Team 8 first uncovered problems with unmarked graves at HamdenPlains back in 2002 leading to a state investigation
In 2007, News Channel 8 reported the same problem also showinghow headstones weren't put down but stayed propped against a shedfor months. We also found overflowing dumpsters.
Again, our report sparked a state probe of the problems. Nowwith other families coming forward, the State Attorney General issuing the cemetery manager accusing Randy Guevin of improperfinancial gain and failing to mark graves and maintain theproperty.
"This is absolutely unexcusable treatment of them, and theirlives is the reason we brought the lawsuit and will pursue it forrestitution," Attorney General Blumenthal said.
Grant paid over $200 to have her aunt's body exhumed to verifyher burial location.
Finally the headstone is in the right place and Grant saysthat, and the lawsuit, will help her aunt rest in peace. "Justicefor not only me but for other families that may not have known foryears what was going on here."
The attorney general is also asking for a court order preventingGuevin from serving as manager of any cemetery in our state. Wewere unable to reach him for comment.
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