Mystery Find in Ohio Dorm: 19th-Century Gravestone

'We would really love to find where it belongs,' says local cop
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 17, 2015 10:04 AM CDT
In a photo from May 10, 2015, in Hamtramck, Mich., the Beth Olem Cemetery on grounds of a GM plant. Workers at Dennison University found an old gravestone while cleaning out dorms.   (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

(Newser) – Workers cleaning out a Denison University dorm in central Ohio found a more than the usual assortment of notebooks and pencils left over from the semester. The cleaning crew found part of a 19th century gravestone Wednesday. The 12-by-8-inch fragment apparently marked the grave of a child who died in 1829. Now, police are looking to find its original resting place. "We would really love to find where it belongs," a Granville police officer tells the Columbus Dispatch.

The stone has no name on it. Granville Police say it's too old to be from the on-campus cemetery or the nearby Maple Grove Cemetery. It's been turned over to the Union Cemetery Board in the hopes of matching it at another burial ground. Denison students moved out this week. Police say students who lived in the dorm room where the gravestone was found likely won't face charges since the room was left unlocked. "Anyone could have gotten in there," says the officer.

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