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Grave marker investigation update

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DELHI, La. (KNOE 8 News) – One family was reunited with a grave marker that was stolen more than five years ago and the Monroe Police Department still has six more that are unclaimed.

Cemeteries may not be the happiest places on earth but Flosscina Marshall is thrilled to be visiting her father's grave and to have back the marker stolen from James Marshall's tomb five years ago.

"I heard a story about the grave markers and two names that the reporter called out were a Georgia Porter and James Marshall. I ran to the computer, I looked on the computer and sure enough that was my dad's marker. I scrambled, I called all my siblings to pull up," said Flosscina Marshall.

Flosscina then started an investigation of her own. She contacted long-time Saint John cemetery caretaker Richard King.

"Ms. Marshall called me, it was to my delight," said Richard King.

The caretaker here at this cemetery says thefts have occurred in the past, but he didn't know that this grave marker was stolen, but he says he's glad it's now back in its rightful place.

"I am delighted to have the opportunity to know that one that was taken out of our cemetery that I'm a caretaker of and it's being replaced back to its right position where it's supposed to be," said King.

Although the marker had been missing for a long time, no one in Marshall's family knew.

"My brother came down in March and he said he actually sat on the vault and talked to dad and he didn't realize it was gone," said Marshall.

Monroe Police hope this is just the beginning of the reunions. They would like to find the families of Georgia Porter, Frank Hillard, Julia Hightower, Henry Lee Watson, Armour Beavers and Jerry W. Bruster.

If more families are found and markers are returned police say it might then be possible to charge those responsible for the thefts.

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