Judge/Executive Stan Humphries said that a property owner in the Ridgecrest Subdivision wished to move the graves to allow for new construction on a lot. He said that the graves, while marked with stones, bore no identification, and that a notice failed to produce a next-of-kin within 60 days.
“We were required to circulate the notice for 60 days by KRS 381.755. Since the bodies are unidentified and there is no next of kin, I’ve spoken to County Coroner John Mark Vinson and District Judge Jamus Redd to obtain an order to declare the cemetery abandoned,” said Humphries.
Humphries added that the two graves would be moved at the property owner’s expense to another area of the property. He described the graves as “extremely old” and to apparently hold the bodies of infants. The Court approved the relocation by a unanimous vote.
County Coroner John Mark Vinson said that a resident discovered the graves nearly two months ago while planning construction.
“We came down and determined they were gravesites,” said Vinson. “While the graves had stones, there was nothing legible for us to read. We sent out a public notice for 60 days and are satisfied all the requirements to move them.”
Vinson said, “The Administration Committee of the House Cemetery was kind enough to let us relocate the graves there.” He added that the House Cemetery in Linton was located across a bay from the current gravesite, and was a permanently maintained cemetery, avoiding the problem of future developers finding the relocated graves.
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