2011-04-28 / Local & State

Grave Markers Of Veterans Found In Creek

SANDY LAKE, Pa. (AP) – State police in northwestern Pennsylvania report finding more than two dozen grave markers of fallen veterans, some dating back to the Revolutionary War, in a local creek.

Trooper James Mason was sent out Friday to investigate a report of a safe lying in the rural Mercer County creek, but he also found 29 bronze markers.

Corporal James Powell says they may have come from Spring Creek Cemetery in Corry, southeast of Erie, where 25 to 29 markers disappeared last summer. Powell says the markers are fairly small and bear no names, just the names and dates of conflicts from the Revolutionary to the Korean wars.

Powell said he suspects they were stolen to be sold as scrap metal but the thief decided it was safer to dump them.

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