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Officials investigating possible grave desecration

BELVILLE -- Brunswick county officials are looking into possible grave desecration at a subdivision construction site in Belville. Brunswick County attorneys searched the site near Belville Elementary School Sunday afternoon and found numerous artifacts leading them to believe construction crews could be damaging a grave site. Assistant Brunswick County Attorney Jana Berg says when a state archaeologist searched the site Sunday he found a skull, jawbone and numerous coffin hardware artifacts. Berg says the archaeologist had previously searched the site in September but didn't find evidence of a cemetery. That may be because the archaeologist did not use a metal detector the first time around. The developer can still build on the land under a North Carolina statute that allows him to relocate the remains. The developer can petition if he attempts to contact the next of kin, pays for the relocation of the remains, and makes the new grave site readily accessible to the next of kin. The developer's attorney says the company, Hawkswater, does plan to petition to move the cemetery. The process could take weeks, possibly holding up construction on some of the 450 homes planned for the subdivision.

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What a Shame..

Another part of History destroyed because of money hungry land developers....if there are graves there, they should cease all development there and have some kind of memorial..don't ya think?...


Ok when we bury our family we end it with REST IN PEACE ! So leave these graves alone my god we have enough houses around without taking from the dead !!!!!! Don't we? My whole family has lived in Brunswick county all their lives and now its becoming a Big crazy town. Thats the reason most of us came here to get away from city life where it seems the drugs and killings are getting worse. Dang LEAVE THE DEAD ALONE ! LEAVE THE CRAZY CRAP OVER THAT BRIDGE !