Iowa Police Probe Mausoleum Vandalism, Removal of Body Parts

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Davenport police are investigating the vandalism of mausoleums at a cemetery in which graves were opened and body parts removed.

Police and an employee of Fairmount Cemetery say they don't know a motive for the vandalism that was discovered Sunday morning.

"I have no idea why they were in there," said Richard Kronfeld, the superintendent of the cemetery. "They took the plate off one crypt, and they put the skull on top of that.

"They've got body parts strewn all around."

Kronfeld said everything was fine when he left the cemetery at 8 p.m. Saturday. He discovered the vandalism when he returned at 6:30 a.m. Sunday.

He said vandalism at the cemetery isn't uncommon, but "they usually don't disturb the remains like that."

Police said they don't know a motive for the vandalism, but speculated that maybe those responsible for looking for precious metal or copper.

Police said they could find no relatives to notify about the vandalism. Kronfeld said he thinks all the relatives of those buried in the mausoleum are deceased.

Officer Bobby Bytnar described the vandalism as "eerie."

"I've seen some horrific things over the years, but I can't imagine going in there in the dead of night and messing with human remains," he said.