WHITE LAKE — The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office is searching for those who were responsible for the damage and theft from a local family cemetery recently.
According to Steve Nowell, who supplied the Bladen Journal with information about the cemetery, the site is located on private property along Hwy. 53 between White Lake and Singletary Lake State Park.
A marker for a Susan A. Smith, dating back to the 1960s, was chiseled and removed from the stone fence surrounding the Atkinson Family Cemetery.
“(It) was made by the Atkinson Family to dedicate the fence enclosure in memory of Susan Atkinson Smith,” Nowell said. “The writing is small wire that was laid in the concrete.”
Also stolen from the cemetery was a concrete cross measuring about 4 feet by 2 feet that marked several unmarked gravesites outside the stone fence. The cross had in-laid wire wording that said “those buried here unknown.”
“These items were removed by more than one person due to the size and weight and had to be taken off in a truck or trailer,” Nowell said.
If anyone has any information regarding this incident should contact the Sheriff’s Office or Steve Nowell at 803-730-2410 or be email at firstname.lastname@example.org.