Solution eludes police in Nyssa cemetery case

Broken headstones awaited cemetery visitors after the May vandalism at Hilltop Memorial Cemetery. (Enterprise file photo)

NYSSA – Leads in a vandalism case at a local cemetery more than three months ago are going cold, leaving area law enforcement officials frustrated.

The Malheur County Sheriff’s Office and the Nyssa Police Department are still running down a few leads connected to the vandalism case at Nyssa’s Hilltop Memorial Cemetery, said Undersheriff Travis Johnson.

The crime happened early on May 2 when more than 40 graves were damaged with headstones destroyed and memorial benches shattered. Officials estimated the damages at more than $50,000.

Cody Packer, the Hilltop Cemetery sexton, said about 10 damaged headstones have been replaced.

Packer said since the vandalism, the cemetery added two security cameras and a gate to the site.

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