Indiana families can complain about the plan to rebuy 17 unidentified bodies found during the road project


17 unidentified bodies found in the vicinity of Clarksville (Indiana)

Families are threatening with a lawsuit over displacement of the body.

A plan to rebuy 17 unidentified bodies discovered during a road project in Indiana earlier this year in a courtroom.

Descendants of people buried in the Stewart-Emery Cemetery, located just north of Louisville, Ky., threaten with a lawsuit to stop city officials from reburying the remains in a nearby nature reserve.

Families told WDRB-TV the proposal would put their loved ones in an area that is difficult to reach, and has problems with vandalism.

“It is a beautiful cemetery,” Katie Miller, a descendant, told WDRB. “It has been desecrated repeatedly over the years. A lot of vandalism and just the footpath is in itself a deterrent.”

A plan to rebuy 17 unidentified bodies was discovered by a road project has families now threatening a lawsuit.


The cemetery dates back to the 1800s, The Courier-Journal reported. The city officials said that the finding of unmarked remains around a site of that age would not be surprising.

Instead of moving the remains to another location, some families want the remains back as close as possible to the original site as possible.

“We have been told that they were probably three people each on two of the empty plots that we know are here,” Janus Emery-Bowling said.

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The Clarksville town manager told WDRB officials try to work with families, and repeatedly declared legal matters with respect to the remains of the reburial complicated process.

Families are planning to meet in early December with officials to find out what the next step, but they also work with lawyers for possible legal action against the city.

“If that is what is needed, is that the kind of measures we must take,” says Miller.

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