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Sheriff launches Burr Oak headstone database

Thursday, July 30, 2009
Daily Herald

Officials have launched a database that features photos of headstones at a suburban Chicago cemetery where four former workers are accused of digging up graves in a scheme to resale plots.

The Cook County Sheriff's Office says it created the Web site so families can search for the headstones of loved ones buried at Burr Oak Cemetery in Alsip, Ill.

So far, about 10,000 photos can be searched by last name.

Spokeswoman Brittney Blair says the sheriff's office expects to upload about 50,000 more images over the next two weeks.

Sheriff Tom Dart has estimated that more than 300 bodies were disinterred.



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