Family stunned to find beloved veteran's grave washed away
SOUTH ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KTVI) - When Whendy Moore buried her husband, Tom, at the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery on Friday, she never expected what she would see returning to his grave Saturday afternoon.
"We thought we'd see mud, you know we knew it had rained the night before" said Moore. "But to see the casket and the vault floating on water in this little spot- it was well shown- and we assumed the casket was wet too. We just didn't know".
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Moore says officials at the cemetery told her rain caused the ground around the grave to wash away, unearthing her husband's casket and her sense of closure.
"We thought we had closure the other day and then we viewed him again" said Moore. "It was a little eerie I suppose and it was very emotional. We went through all the same emotions that we did the last time we seen him" she said.
Moore says cemetery officials have been working with the family throughout the weekend to arrange another burial on a different plot. That re-burial is scheduled for Monday. For Moore and her family, it means having to re-live one of the worst moments of their lives.
"I don't think that anyone should have to go through that twice" Moore said. "We all said it was nice to see him one last time but it shouldn't have ever happened" she said.
No one from the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery could be reached Sunday. The administration offices are closed on the weekends.