EVANSTON — A horrendous crime was recently discovered when an employee at Walmart walked up to the old Wyoming State Hospital Cemetery that sits behind the retail outlet to have lunch.
Grave robbers had left the evidence of digging into old graves from Wyoming State Hospital clients of the past.
“This is horrible,” Evanston Police Officer Becky Landes said. “These people had nothing. They had terrible lives and now they can’t even rest in peace.”
A row of approximately 10 graves had small pits dug into them and are suspected to be test holes for use of a metal detector. In the far upper corner of the top plot of the cemetery, one grave had been dug into and refilled some time ago, long enough in fact to allow grass to begin re-growing in the hole left behind by the would-be grave robber.
Several grave markers were pulled up and tossed aside with no reverence whatsoever and one grave was dug open. Luckily for local authorities, the hole dug in the grave was not deep enough to reach any sort of remains or any form of coffin.
Little information is available at the present time concerning who would commit such a horrendous and sacrilegious crime.
The Evanston Police Department has asked that anyone with information concerning the attempted grave robberies call the City of Evanston CrimeStoppers at (307) 783-6400. Callers may remain anonymous.