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Public's help sought to identify grave markers

Published: Sunday, July 6, 2014 10:55 p.m. CST

BETHALTO – Police in a southwestern Illinois village are asking for the public's help in returning grave markers, monuments and statues to families of the deceased.

The Alton Telegraph reported that the cemetery items were recovered after investigators in April arrested two brothers suspected of stealing them.

Police said they have only been able to identify family ownership of 11 of the items, and 14 statues remain unidentified. Authorities said the suspects routinely traveled in Madison, Macoupin and Montgomery counties.

Anyone whose relative's gravesite is missing a statue or marker is asked to contact Bethalto police.

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