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Savannah tour guides speak out about stolen remains

Gary Evans, Savannah Movie Tours Gary Evans, Savannah Movie Tours

Savannah-Chatham Metro Police have confirmed that remains are missing from a mausoleum at Hillcrest Abbey East near Wheaton Street and Skidaway Road.

It's still unclear as to whose remains were stolen and when the break in took place. Many are now wondering why would someone want to steal a person's remains. WTOC spoke to some tour guides who have some answers of their own.

"It is pretty disgusting," said Gary Evans, Savannah Movie Tours. "It is a bit ghoulish for one thing."

Evans has told his fair share of ghost stories, but after hearing about someone recently breaking into the mausoleum at Hillcrest Abbey East, exhuming and stealing a person's remains, it's almost too eerie.

Vandalizing a cemetery is not uncommon. It is for that reason many are locked at night.

"The cemeteries are locked at night because of people vandalizing. Supposedly there were animal sacrifices made here in the 1960s," said Evans.

"They did that in the mid-90s because they discovered alters," said Brittney Christian, Savannah by Foot. "People practicing what they thought was voodoo or something different and that is the main reason they started locking it up. "

Police aren't releasing many details about the break in, but Christian has her take on the story.

"It is somebody practicing voodoo or Satanism, something like that," said Christian. "We are a city that walks on their dead. The bones are everywhere."

No matter what the purpose, these guides agree that one should not desecrate a grave.

"I think it is really wrong," said Christian. "It is horrible. I don't know why anybody would want to do that. If it is a joke, it is horrible. Even if it is not a joke and something they really believe in, I think that is ridiculous."

The owners of Hillcrest Abbey East Memorial Park released the following statement Tuesday evening:

"We notified the police immediately, and we're doing everything we can to help them. First and foremost, our priority is the safety and confidentiality of the family," said President Kyle Nikola.

They say a maintenance staff member discovered the burglary and contacted police.

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