Former cemetery employee accused of digging up ring from grave

LINCOLNTON, NC (AP) — Police have arrested a Gaston County man and accused him of taking a gold wedding ring from cremated remains dug up in a cemetery in Lincolnton.

Multiple media outlets reported that 32-year-old Ray Ellis Herron Jr. of Dallas was arrested Thursday and charged with desecrating a grave, larceny and possession of stolen goods. It was not clear if Herron has an attorney.

Police said Herron previously worked at Forest Lawn Cemetery where he had helped the family of Trudy Bumgarner place the ring inside the urn. Bumgarner died two years ago.

Investigators said he sold the ring at a Gaston County pawn shop.

Lincoln County police say the urn and a plaque were missing July 24. The urn and plague were later found but the ring was not there.

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