FORT SNELLING, Minn. - Authorities have exhumed the body of a Minnesota veteran after the discovery of a disturbed grave at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.
Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek says the body was a World War II veteran, but would not release the man's identity. A maintenance worker discovered a large amount of dirt disturbed in and around the grave.
Stanek would not say if the casket had been tampered with or the man's body disturbed.
"This is the final resting place and a place of honor for the men and women who have served our country," said Stanek. "For anyone to desecrate a gravesite here, it is not only a disturbing crime, it is extremely disrespectful to all military veterans and their families."
After getting permission from the man's family, the Sheriff's Department arranged to have the body exhumed and transported to the Hennepin County Medical Examiner's office for further examination.
Anyone with information is urged to call the Sheriff's Office at 763-525-6216 or call 911.
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