dr marten shoes Another arrest made after woman grave found dug up in Martin County
Emily Howard’s resting place at Stacy’s Cemetery in Martin County was found unearthed Sunday. She’d been dead 15 years.
Family members said they had no idea who would commit such a disrespectful act, and they were disheartened when they learned one of the suspects allegedly responsible was Emily’s own grandson.
“It hurt the family very much,” George Jude, Emily’s grandson in law, told WSAZ. “They really weren’t expecting it to be part of the family that did it.”
Investigators say they got a tip that led them overnight to the two men who were involved: James Howard and Tea Jay Luster.
The sheriff’s department says the two confessed to the act, and that they were trying to get into the coffin believing they’d find jewelry they could sell that had been buried with Emily.
“They had to be in a bad mindset,” Jude said. “Anybody in their right mind I don’t think would’ve been up there digging out a grave. They put in a lot of work. It’s crazy.”
Jude says James has had ongoing problems, but they never imagined he’d go to these lengths.
“The family talked about it,” Jude said. “Drugs are just another tool the devil uses to lure people in. They’ll do anything.”
They’re hoping this new previously unimaginable low becomes becomes a turning point.
“We’re just praying through this that he’ll get help,” Jude said.
Both men are charged with violating a grave.
Investigators say the suspects had tried to break into the coffin but were unsuccessful.
Family members say there was no jewelry or anything of value to steal.
Oda Howard, James’s father, gave an emotional interview with WSAZ before the arrests, saying he had no idea who would’ve done such a thing.
Tuesday, Oda said it was another difficult turn after learning his own son was one of the people who’d allegedly done the digging.
“He needs to get his issues straightened out,
” Oda said. MARTIN COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) Two men are facing charges in connection with digging up a woman’s grave in Martin County, Ky. Tuesday morning.
Both men are charged with violating graves.
According to deputies, James Howard is the grandson of Emily Howard, the woman whose grave was dug up.
Investigators say they got a tip from someone that the two men were involved.
After interviewing the two men, deputies say they confessed to digging up Howard’s grave.
ORIGINAL STORY 7/31/17 MARTIN COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) A family is mystified after learning their loved one’s grave was dug up over the weekend.
After 15 years of Emily Howard resting in peace, her family never dreamed she’d be at the center of a mystery.
“It’s hard enough to go through a funeral, but then 15 years later to have somebody come and dig your mother up, that’s despicable,” Emily’s son Oda Howard said.
Oda says he’s emotionally torn up by the deeply disrespectful act toward the memory of his mother.
“It’s hard,” he said. “That’s your family. Nobody wants to come up here for that. Nobody should have to.”
Sunday morning, a young man visiting Stacy’s Cemetery by Peter Cave Lake saw that Emily’s grave had been dug up to the top of the vault.
“It’s a very disrespectful thing to do, to dig up somebody’s family member and just leave it open like that,
” Emily’s grandson in law George Jude said. “I can’t understand what would cross somebody’s mind to make them do that.”