Police pursue clues on cemetery vandalism

Nearly 40 headstones were damaged or destroyed at the Hilltop Memorial Cemetery last week near Nyssa. Police are searching for the vandals responsible for the crime. (The Enterprise/Jayme Fraser)

NYSSA – The vandalism at the Hilltop Memorial Cemetery in Nyssa last week has stunned the community.

In the early morning hours of Wednesday, May 2, 39 final resting places were damaged. Some headstones were destroyed, left on the ground in chunks and dust. Others were toppled. Memorial benches were shattered. Cemetery Sexton Cody Packer discovered the damage Thursday morning.

“I was going to so some spraying that morning and found it,” Packer said.

Since then, Packer, normally a guy seen mowing the lawn and keeping up with the trimming, has spent his days on the phone.

“I have received over one hundred calls a day . . .