NEWTON, Kan. (AP) A tombstone that turned up in a south-central Kansas ditch more than decade ago continues collecting dust in a sheriff’s department garage.
The Newton Kansan reports the stone is that of David Eitzen. The engraving says the deceased was born in Russia in 1858 and died in 1917, although it doesn’t say where.
The tombstone was found in June 2001 in a ditch close to Eastlawn Cemetery, between Newton and Hesston. But Harvey County Sheriff’s Deputy Scott Perkins says Eitzen wasn’t buried at that cemetery, and authorities have been unable to determine where the stone was taken from.
But if anyone does know including whoever removed the stone from Eitzen’s burial place authorities point out the statute of limitations on the crime has passed.