Families Upset Over Possible Grave Mix-Ups

Posted at 5:55 AM, Jun 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-08 05:55:31-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18)– Three Lexington families have a heartbreaking question, where are their loved ones buried?

Each family says their loved ones had services and they bought plots at Cove Haven Cemetery, but after several mix ups they fear where they paid their respects may not be the right place.

Although Michelle Combs, Elizabeth Garner, and Jen McNeil don’t know each other, they share the same struggle. 

These women say they’re questioning where Combs’ son, Garner’s husband, and McNeil’s mother are buried.

Each woman mourned on plots at the cemetery, only to be told that’s not where their loved ones were laid to rest.

Combs buried her son in January, only to be told on Memorial Day weekend that’s not where her son is.

"I miss my son every day. He was 19, I miss him every day. To come out here and see that…it’s heartbreaking."

Garner says she can’t put her husband’s grave down.

"I need peace to know where to put his tombstone down and waiting…and I can’t put it down."

And for McNeil, who says after placing a grave for her mother, they had to remove it because of the reported mix-up.

"She asked them what are you all doing? That is my mother’s headstone? They said they were moving it to the back."

The director of the Hawkins Funeral Home, who spoke with cemetery officials, says there was miscommuncation between the people digging the gravesites, and the person marking them.

Now these families want answers. Where are their loved ones and what happened?

We’re told by the funeral home director they will be meeting with the gravedigger next week to make sure graves are marked.