Kinnemore said there are questions about who owns the cemetery. The church that used to be on the site has been gone for nearly 10 years. Kinnemore said the United Methodist Church may own the land, but said that has not been confirmed. A search of the Cobb County Tax Assessor’s website returned no listed property owner for the site.
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Helga Hong, a member of the Cobb County Cemetery Preservation Commission, said she filed an incident report with Cobb police to document the damage. Cobb police spokesman Neil Penirelli said the case has been turned over to the property crimes unit, and its detectives are handling the investigation.
Hong told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that she believes the cost to repair or replace a headstone could easily top $600, a price tag she said could be too high for some families to shoulder.
Hong said this isn’t the first time the cemetery has been treated with such disrespect. Tires and phone books have been dumped on the property on two separate occasions. Members of the former church had to pay for those items to be removed.
“I just don’t understand the mentality of people destroying this,” she said. “To me, it’s outrageous.”
Kinnemore, who visits her daughter’s grave at the cemetery each week, said she hopes Cobb police can track down the person responsible for the damage and subsequent heartbreak it’s brought to families.
“Not only did I have to bury my child once, [but] now I feel like I’m having to bury her a second time and no parent should have to do that,” she said. “Honestly no one should be allowed to get way with it.”