Remains buried for 70 years were dug up, stolen from Jewish cemetery, Hartford PD says


HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Police are investigating Wednesday after a grave was dug up and remains were taken from a Hartford cemetery.

Related: Jewish community leaders outrages after 70-year-old grave was dug up, remains stolen

Authorities said that officers responded to the Agudas Achim Cemetery, at Waverly Street at Tower Avenue, on the report from grounds keeping of a grave that was possibly dug up.

Upon further investigation, police said someone dug up the 70-year-old grave and took the remains.

Officers told News 8 the incident happened within the last few days and believed it may have happened on Halloween.

(WTNH/Kevin Frederick)

Police also think the person acted at night and dug down six feet using a shovel and their hands.

“You have an empty grave and a pile of dirt and a who done it at this point?” said Lt. Aaron Boisvert. “So there are cameras in the area, they will be checking on those to see what they can get. Cars leave in the area. There at the beginning of the investigation.”

Residents told News 8 that digging up someone’s grave is just disrespectful.

“It’s a shame, there is no respect in this world,” said Tommy Valentin. “I mean people, loved ones are here buried, resting in peace, and they can’t even be at rest.”

In the Jewish faith, the act is seen as sacrilegious — the act of violating a sacred object, site, or person.

The department said the person could face several charges including larceny.

Hartford Police’s Major Crimes and Crime Scene Division are running the investigation.

Since the family has yet to be notified, News 8 is not identifying who the grave belonged to.

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