Cuyahoga Falls Police Searching for Cemetery Vandals

Posted on: 6:33 pm, June 27, 2012, by , updated on: 06:40pm, June 27, 2012

CUYAHOGA FALLS, Ohio — Disturbing the dead in their final resting place has Cuyahoga Falls Police looking for a vandal.

The destruction took place at Oakwood Cemetery in Cuyahoga Falls, where two dozen tombstones have been toppled since April.

The most recent incident involves a Statue of Jesus that was a family grave marker since 1972. The monument was knocked over and the arm broken off.

Jeff Amburn is the Cuyahoga Falls Buildings and Grounds Superintendent and in charge of maintaining the city-owned cemetery. He finds this blatant disregard for the dead very upsetting.

“First you are saddened and you’re angry. You don’t quite understand why someone would do this–especially to an old cemetery like this one is,” Amburn said.

The first person was buried in Oakwood Cemetery in 1834. It is now the final resting place for about 18,000 loved ones. News of the cemetery damage has people, like Mickey Dienes, checking on the grave sites of their loved ones.

“Fortunately, my mother’s is okay and a lot of them right around this area are okay.  It’s terrible. It’s a sad thing for people to be doing that,” Dienes said.

Emily Nemeth and her sister came to Oakwood Cemetery Wednesday to visit their parents’ grave. It is not far from Statue of Jesus that was damaged.

“We thought this was terrible. We never have things like this happen especially in a small town like Cuyahoga Falls,” Nemeth said.

Police believe the toppling of the tombstones take place during evening hours and over weekends. Anyone with information about the damage is asked to call Cuyahoga Falls Police at 330-971-8334.