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Police investigate 50 vandalized headstones at Elmwood Cemetery

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WATERLOO, Iowa (KWWL) - Elmwood Cemetery meant for those resting in peace are now left in pieces.

Elmwood Cemetery Association believes around 50 headstones are defaced or toppled by vandals overnight Monday into Tuesday.

Cemetery Manager, Joe Fox, noticed when he first first came to work.

"The more I looked, the more I saw and I started to get a sinking feeling in my stomach. I realized some vandals had come through the cemetery through the night, and had pushed over 40 or 50 markers," Fox said.

Fox says the amount of damage shown suggests there were more than one person.

Most of the damage was in the historic side of the cemetery. The Hanna Memorial was toppled over, it is one of the many historic graves in the cemetery. The memorial holds the remnants of the first pioneers of Black Hawk County.

"The memorial is one of the largest markers, it's really a shame they did that," Fox said.

Cemetery management estimates there's around tens of thousands of dollars in damages. The association will be developing a plan to repair the headstones over the next couple of weeks.

"Right now, we are just trying to assess the situation. It'll be many weeks, trying to get this fixed and repaired just because the sheer amount of work that has to get done," Fox said.

Elmwood Cemetery Association is privately owned, and will be meeting mid-July on the next steps for repairs.

Waterloo police are investigating, but no arrests have been made.

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