HINTON, Okla.—What started out as a hefty heist has a happy ending after all.
An Oklahoma family was devastated to learn that the headstone of a loved one vanished from a Hinton cemetery.
It was no easy feat either; the marker weighs more than 1,000 pounds.
Jeannie Sierra said, “Pain, anger, frustration and a big question as to why someone would bother the deceased like this.”
Jeannie Sierra is upset because she noticed a difference in her family’s plots that line up in a row in a quiet little cemetery.
One of them is no longer there.
Sierra said, “It hurts. It hurts very badly to know that you have to have Christmas without your family and then for somebody to disturb my sister’s grave for no reason.”
At the time, Sierra believed someone stole her sister’s headstone.
“It’s just disgusting,” she said. “It kind of ruins the feeling that you have for Christmas.”
Sierra’s nephew talked to police about his mother’s grave and officers told them they were looking into the case.
However, she didn’t hold out much hope it would ever be found.
She said, “If they could just put it back, but I’m sure they won’t because they’re cowards to steal from the dead.”
Friday evening, we received a call from the Hinton Police Department.
Officers found the headstone, which had been taken by a monument company to add a date to the marker.