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US Forest Service Seeks Information on Grave Marker Theft in LBL

U.S. Forest Service Officials seek information leading to an arrest of those responsible for the theft of bronze US Veteran grave markers and other historic placards at Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area.

The theft was first reported on Oct. 3.

"We are outraged," said Area Forest Supervisor, Tina Tilley. "The cemeteries at Land Between the Lakes represent a vital connection to the past. The destruction of grave markers does not reflect our western Kentucky and Tennessee values and this behavior needs to stop immediately." Tilley says those responsible could face fines, felony charges, and years in a federal prison. "When we find those responsible, they will be prosecuted."

Federal Law Enforcement Officers began investigating when a historic marker was discovered stolen on Oct. 1. Three bronze veteran markers were reported missing on Oct. 3. Investigators believe metal salvage may be a possible motive.

Please call (877) 861-2457 select option #1 if you have information regarding this crime.

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