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City preparing to rebury bodies

Associated Press

ELKTON - A western Kentucky city is preparing to exhume and rebury 11 bodies that were placed in the wrong plots.

The city of Elkton owns and maintains the Glenwood Cemetery, where the mistakes occurred beginning about 45 years ago.

City attorney Jeff Traughber says the error came to light in 2010 when the city remapped the cemetery with new software.

A court battle between the city and families involved ended in December with the judge deciding that the bodies should be moved and reburied.

"The city took no position on it," Traughber said. "We just wanted to know what to do about the mistake."

Traughber says the city will pay the expenses to fix the issue.

"The city is glad that it's been resolved because we didn't know if someone were to die today where we would've buried them," he said.

Dennis Hampton said he wasn't happy with the decision to move the bodies.

"It's been a nightmare for the last two years," he said. "My whole family were sharecroppers . they've been moving all their life, and doggone it after you've laid down to rest you shouldn't have to move again."

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