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Police: Foreman Discovers Tombstones at Clawson Work Site

Police say the tombstones may have been stolen and left at a construction site.

Clawson police are searching for the owners of two tombstones discovered at the work site of the near the corner of 14 Mile and Crooks Road.

A foreman told police on Tuesday morning he found the two tombstones sitting on top of construction material in the parking lot at the site. Both tombstones had similar designs with names of the deceased carved in them. The first tombstone read "Dear Husband Father William J. Edwards MAR 27, 1936-DEC 10, 1986" and the second read "Dear Husband & Father John Kramere JULY 19, 1948- JAN 1, 2001."

Clawson police Sgt. James Kant said it is a unique situation to discover tombstones at a construction sites.

"It could be one of two things— either it's somebody who makes them or somebody stole them and decided to leave them," Kant said. "The ultimate goal is to get the property back to who they belong to."

Anyone with information on who the tombstones belong to or where they were taken from is asked to call the at 248-435-5000.

Chris May 24, 2012 at 01:08 AM
Don't know of a Woodlawn Cemetery in Royal Oak ?
Judy Davids (Editor) May 24, 2012 at 03:09 AM
You are correct. We are contacting the Clawson police to find out the cemetery they contacted.
Ed Lambert May 24, 2012 at 09:00 PM
It seems that the city should be able to contact the department of state government in Lansing that handles death certs--of the county if it has such an office--to get more info on the people whose names are found on the stones. Can't help but wonder: The name Kramere is unusual, but Kramer is not. Could it be that one or both stones are rejects but were not destroyed? Or were ordered and then not paid for?
Curt Norrod May 25, 2012 at 03:27 AM
Rut Roh... Had to call Clawson P.D. today thinking we "might" have the clue to this mystery... Seems a bit ironic that when our old garage in Ferndale got cleaned out on "come it get free day" 2 grave markers that seem similar in appearance to these would be found hiding for years in a darkened corner (creepy) and taken by someone we were happy to give them too, then not but a few weeks later 2 unidentified markers "show up" in Clawson????
AnonymouserJerry May 25, 2012 at 11:42 PM
I agree with your theory about these being rejects, especially the "William J. Edwards" stone. Note that it says "Dear Husband Father" with a missing "&" Case closed.

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