Former NC cemetery worker accused of stealing from grave

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Ray Ellis Herron Jr.

LINCOLN COUNTY, N.C. — A former cemetery worker in Lincolnton was charged after police said he took a gold wedding ring that was inside an urn with a woman’s ashes, according to WBTV.

Ray Ellis Herron Jr., of Dallas, N.C., is accused of digging up a plaque and a granite slab that contained the cremated remains of Trudy Bumgarner who died in September 2012.

Herron was an employee at Forest Lawn Cemetery and helped  Bumgarner’s family place a golden wedding ring inside her urn.

On July 24, someone spotted items from the woman’s grave near a bridge and called police.

Police were able to recover all the missing items except the wedding ring, which investigators discovered Herron sold at a Gaston County pawn shop.

The Bumgarner family was shocked that someone would do something like this.

“What can you say in a situation like this,” Trudy’s husband, Ronnie, said to WBTV as he cried. “It’s just hard to know somebody could do this. I do not know why a person could be so mean.”

Herron was charged with one felony count of desecrating a grave, larceny and possession of stolen goods.

He was placed in jail under a $5,000 bond.

Herron’s first court appearance is July 31.

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