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Dozens of graves looted at Farragut cemetery


(WBIR-Farragut) Some families arrived at the Pleasant Forest Cemetery to find their loved ones graves had been looted.

“I fail to understand why someone would do it,” Clyde Floyd said.

Floyd was one of the few lucky ones. He and his wife’s future graves were spared, but he shares the anger of those who were not.

"Why take tattered flowers? Why take faded statues off of graves like they did,” Wallie Culbreth questioned.

Culbreth buried his then 18 year old daughter, Brook, back in 2006.

"I know my daughters in heaven, but that's her shell. that's the shell of my daughter,” Culbreth said.

Culbreth said his daughters grave was looted on Monday night. A picture taken before hand shows it decorated with butterflies, angels, flowers and her high school graduation emblem.

All of those items are now gone.

“How do you put a value on something that was between you and your child,” Culbreth said.

Johnny Smith sits on the board of the cemetery. He says he doesn’t know how to stop this from happening.

“It’s an open cemetery, we have no gates to close. This happens so infrequently, you don’t really need a guard,” Smith said.

The Knox County Sheriff’s Office is investigating all of the reported thefts. Investigators say there are $20,000 worth of items stolen.

Investigators have no leads.



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