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Vandals destroy headstones at rural cemetery outside Nyssa

A grave marker sits damaged in the Hilltop Memorial Cemetery near Nyssa Thursday. Vandals struck the cemetery Wednesday night and police are investigating. (The Enterprise/Jayme Fraser)

NYSSA – As many as 50 headstones were shattered, toppled or crushed at Nyssa’s Hilltop Memorial Cemetery Wednesday night.

The destroyed headstones were discovered at about 11 a.m. Thursday by Cody Packer, the cemetery sexton.

Vandals used sledgehammers or other tools to damage the headstones and memorial benches in the historic rural cemetery, situated west of Nyssa along a secluded stretch of Alberta Avenue. Several houses stand within a short distance of the cemetery.

There is no fence around the cemetery, which has an estimated 2,500 graves.

Idalia Stam, who lives near the cemetery, said in a Facebook post Thursday . . .