Updated:CASSELBERRY, Fla. —
WFTV obtained a report that states that a Seminole County cemetery did nothing wrong when workers moved a grave without notifying the family of the deceased.
In January, Sharon Leonard said her mother’s grave had been moved from next to her grandmother’s at the Evergreen Cemetery in Casselberry.
Channel 9’s Tim Barber learned that state officials who look into cemeteries suggested the chairman at least let families know if he is going to move coffins around, but the chairman said he’s not making any promises.
The chairman told police in January that Evergreen Cemetery is exempt from state regulation because it’s a historic, nonprofit cemetery.
Officials agreed, stating that they were unable to find any basis for administrative actions against the cemetery.
“It should be regulated, even if it’s a nonprofit organization,” Leonard said.
Leonard and state officials did agree it would be better practice for the cemetery workers to make reasonable efforts to obtain family permission prior to moving any graves.
“The whole staff and committee lives in the neighborhood, they know all the people, and they know how to contact somebody for every family,” Leonard said.
The documents suggest there could be a possible civil lawsuit, but nothing has been filed.