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May 12, 2014

Headstones reportedly stolen from Enid Cemetery

ENID, Okla. — A Mother’s Day visit to the graves of a mother and grandmother ended in sadness for a local man.

When David Black went to Enid Cemetery on Sunday, he discovered the headstones on the graves of his mother and grandmother were missing.

“It just hurt me when I went out there yesterday for Mother’s Day and saw them gone,” Black said Monday. “I go out there every year for Mother’s Day and Memorial Day both, and when I saw them gone yesterday, I just almost lost it.”

Black reported the missing stones to police Sunday evening.

The platforms to the stones remained on the graves of Phyllis Jean Black and Ruth I. Stamper, he said.

“I just wish someone would return them,” Black said.

On Monday, Black was told that the two stones were the only missing headstones in the cemetery. The stones were there when he last visited the cemetery about two months ago.

Enid Cemetery Superintendent Tammy Warnecker confirmed there were just two missing headstones from the cemetery.

According to an Enid Police Department report, the total estimated value for the two headstones is $700.

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