Family furious after discovering mother's, grandmother's graves moved



SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. - A Seminole County family is furious with a Casselberry cemetery for moving the graves of her mother and grandmother without telling her.

The woman who contacted WFTV says her mom was buried in the Evergreen Cemetery next to her grandmother, but now, there is a space between them.

The family members said they just bought a double-headstone that was going to be a Mother's Day present. They said they already put $400 down, but now the graves are too far apart to use it.

Family member Sharon Leonard said, "This was supposed to be the final resting spot for her after her death."

Leonard and her sister buried their mother next to their grandmother so they could be together.

But when Leonard visited Evergreen Cemetery on Christmas Day, she said she could not believe what she saw.

"There is a big empty space between my mother and my grandmother," she said. "And, we were not even notified that they were going to be moved. Nobody told me."

A police report states that initially, the cemetery's supervisor denied the graves were moved but later admitted they were.

Leonard said she took pictures that proved it.

WFTV stopped by the cemetery chairman's house to ask why the graves were split up, but he refused to come outside or answer questions.

Leonard and her sister said they just want them put back, so their mother and grandmother can be next to each other like they were supposed to be.

"We are in a cemetery. It is already hard that we have lost our grandmother, our mom, our aunt and he cares nothing about you," she said.

WFTV called the office of Florida's Department of Financial Services. Officials said they are looking into the matter.