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CALL 6: Veteran's missing casket found in wrong gravesite

Veteran's missing casket found in nearby grave
Posted at 8:06 PM, Feb 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-26 23:49:10-05

WHITESTOWN, Ind. -- The casket of a veteran in Whitestown who was buried more than a decade ago was found in a nearby grave at Lincoln Memory Gardens in Boone County after being reported missing last week. 

Family members discovered the casket of Charles Bovenschen missing when they went to bury his wife in the same burial plot. 

Bovenschen passed away in 2006. His wife, Mary, died on February 18. 

Both Charles and Mary are now together in the mausoleum until a new graveside ceremony can be planned by the family to bury them together. That ceremony will take place sometime mid-April. 

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The troubling discovery could be the result of the business practices of the previous cemetery operator which oversaw several sites including Lincoln Memory Gardens.

Call 6 Investigates spent weeks in 2008 detailing customer complaints which led to state action.

A spokesperson for the cemetery released a statement about the missing casket that said:

"We deeply apologize to the family and have immediately launched an internal investigation into the matter"

If something like this should happen to you, talk to the cemetery management.  You also need to file a complaint with the Office of the Indiana Attorney General Consumer Protection Division to trigger a review. 

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