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National Briefing / Illinois

Relatives hope to find remains

July 12, 2009|TIMES WIRE REPORTS

A steady stream of relatives hoping to find their loved ones' remains showed up as officials exhumed a grave in a cemetery where four former employees are accused of digging up and dumping hundreds of bodies in a scheme to resell plots.

One body was found in the exhumed grave at the historic black cemetery in Alsip, Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart said, despite an earlier report that two bodies were there. The former workers also have been accused of burying some bodies in shared graves.

Authorities closed Burr Oak Cemetery on Friday and declared all of its 150 acres a crime scene after Dart found bones while walking on the site.

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