A Reno County woman is upset her mother's grave was moved without notification. At first she thought it was a prank and called 911. Then she discovered it was the caretakers who moved it.
It was after Memorial Day weekend when Tami Williams went to go visit her mother's grave. “This is where we had put my mother when we buried her in her plot,” said Williams.
But when she went to the spot, she was shocked. “There was nothing here, she had been moved only because I remember the flowers we had stuck with her,” said Williams.
She knows the plot well because the Mount Hope Cemetery care takers allowed the family to dig and bury her mother's ashes contained in a family piggy bank.
“They had marked it and flagged it off where we could put her. They said we'll mark it, we'll get it set for you and all you got to do is come in and dig the hole so that's what we did,” said Williams.
She called 911 thinking it was a prank. When police arrived, the cemetery caretaker admitted to police they moved the plot. Months later, Williams is still upset.
“That's my mother,” she cried.
She wants to know why she wasn't notified of the move. Caretaker George Dick tells us they didn't have her contact information.
Tammy found pieces of concrete at the site where they first buried her mother. It's the same concrete she says as they vault that carried her mother's ashes. Now she's concerned that urn may be broken.
“I would like to dig her up and see if the urn is broke. And I think they need to pay some damages for what they have done,” said Williams.
Attorney Chris O'Hara says she may have a case.
“According to Kansas law notice has to be given. Notice has to come in the form of a mailing or a publication,” said attorney Chris O’Hara.
Instead she was left to discover the move of her mother's grave on her own.
“It's not right for somebody to tear up somebody's special place. We had made that spot our special place for my siblings and I,” said Williams.
KWCH contacted several Wichita funeral homes about allowing families to bury their own. Generally, they don't usually allow it because they say it's a liability.