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Family wants to know who's digging up grandma's grave

The cemetery submitted pictures of the recent incident to police. The cemetery submitted pictures of the recent incident to police.
Cemetery groundskeepers waited several days to fill in the hole, staking out the cemetery at night to try and catch the suspects. Cemetery groundskeepers waited several days to fill in the hole, staking out the cemetery at night to try and catch the suspects.
POPLAR BLUFF, MO (KFVS) -

Dawn Rodgers want to know who won't let her grandmother, Goldie Stackhouse, rest in peace.

"It's mind boggling," said Rodgers. "I can't make heads or tails of it. It's just bizarre."

She believes someone tried to dig up her grandmother's casket twice. A report was filed in 2009 and again last week after Rodgers noticed someone tried to dig up the casket again Oct. 12.

"That time they got six inches from the actual casket," said Rodgers.  

The cemetery submitted pictures of the recent incident to police.  They waited several days to fill in the hole, staking out the cemetery at night to try and catch the suspects. They wanted to see if they would come back to finish the job.

"The groundskeepers here have been here 33 years and have never seen anything like it," said Rodgers. "They told me it takes 45 minutes to an hour with a backhoe and this had been done with a brand new shovel. They found price tags in the dirt."

Rodgers and her son Michael say they can't think of any reason why someone would want to get to grandma Goldie now, more than 20 years after her death.  

"After the long time that it's been, why would they come mess with the grave?" asked Michael.

So what could be inside the casket that's so attractive? The family has no idea. They say a wedding ring is the only item of value buried with Stackhouse. 

She spent most of her life in Poplar Bluff, owned a store, had seven children, and lived a quiet life.

Nothing unusual, yet of all the headstones in the city cemetery, police say the grave of Goldie Stackhouse is the only one that seems interesting enough for someone to attempt to dig it up.

"I just don't understand why they're targeting grandma," said Rodgers.

Poplar Bluff Police are investigating. If you have any information call authorities.

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