Former NC cemetery worker accused of stealing from grave
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.