Vandals dig up grandmother's grave on Easter Sunday - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

Vandals dig up grandmother's grave on Easter Sunday

Posted: Updated:

A family went to visit a cemetery in Waverly on Easter Sunday only to find their mother's coffin unearthed.

Police say it appears vandals were trying to gain entry to the casket. The family says the crooks targeted a loving grandmother who's husband founded a Virginia church. 

"I just felt like she was completely violated," said Ida Mae Perry's daughter-in-law, Satonya Perry. "I was just in shock."

Ida Mae Perry's children will never forget the disturbing scene.

"Actually my blood pressure went up," said Mrs. Perry's daughter, Sylvia Harrison.

They all raced to the Waverly Cemetery. Police say cemetery workers discovered the grave had been dup up. The cement vault was demolished. 

"I still can't get my hands on it," said Mrs. Perry's son, Glenn Perry. "My brain wrapped around it."

The family wants to find the people responsible.

"And those who did this," said Satonya. "The law finding them is going to be the least of their worries."

The Perry family founded The Greater Shiloh Miracle Center Church in Waverly. 

"I just could not understand who would go as far as violating the grave of a pastor and a mother of a church," said Harrison 

Police say they will be increasing patrols around the cemetery following the bizarre crime.

"It's unusual for a small town. I haven't seen that before down here," said Officer John Schmidt. "We've notified other fellow officers as well as the county to assist with additional patrols within the cemetery."

Police opened the casket to determine no items were stolen. They say felony charges are likely The family is offering a $500 reward for more information. If you know anything about this crime call State Police at 757-424-6800.

Copyright 2014 WWBT NBC12. All rights reserved.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Indian teen has 232 'teeth' removed from jaw

    Indian teen has 232 'teeth' removed from jaw

    Friday, July 25 2014 11:23 PM EDT2014-07-26 03:23:39 GMT
    After complaining of pain in his jaw, an Indian teen and his family discovered that he had a severe dental condition - and surgeons pulled 232 "teeth" from his jaw. 
    After complaining of pain in his jaw, an Indian teen and his family discovered that he had a severe dental condition - and surgeons pulled 232 "teeth" from his jaw. 
  • Fugitive Friday: Central Virginia's Most Wanted

    Fugitive Friday: Central Virginia's Most Wanted

    Friday, July 25 2014 8:49 AM EDT2014-07-25 12:49:07 GMT
    Fugitive Fridays tracks down Central Virginia's most wanted. Take a look at the photos and see if you can help police track down these suspects.
    Fugitive Friday helps track down Central Virginia's Most Wanted.
  • Man sues after circumcision goes horribly wrong

    Man sues after circumcision goes horribly wrong

    Friday, July 25 2014 2:50 PM EDT2014-07-25 18:50:43 GMT
    A man has filed a lawsuit against Princeton Baptist Medical Center in Birmingham, AL and a number of other defendants claiming his penis was amputated without his permission. The man and his wife filed
    A man has filed a lawsuit against Princeton Baptist Medical Center in Birmingham, AL and a number of other defendants claiming his penis was amputated without his permission.
Powered by WorldNow

310 Broadway
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701

FCC Public File
publicfile@kfvs12.com
573-335-1212
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and KFVS12. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.