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Friday, August 10, 2018

Father Discovered he was Mourning at the Wrong Grave for his Daughter for 30 Years

GravestoneVictoria Salt died two days after she was born in July, 1988, in the United Kingdom and her father George visited her grave twice a year for 30 years. He was shocked to discover the grave that he believed was his daughter's was actually empty and the gravestone moved.

The gravestone had been moved to a public grave that contained Salt's daughter as well as the remains of 16 other people. When the gravestone was erected in the 1980s, it was apparently moved to a vacant spot but employees discovered this year it was in the wrong area and moved it back.

"I just wasn't told. I feel so let down," Salt said. "When you go to a grave, you sit and talk and say what your troubles are but the annoying thing is you're talking to a piece of ground where she isn't there."

See Kathleen Joyce, Dad Devastated to Discover he was Grieving for Daughter at the Wrong Grave for 30 Years, Fox News, August 8, 2018.

Special thanks to Jay Brinker (Cincinnati Estate Planning Attorney) for bringing this article to my attention.



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Meanwhile, Veruca Salt's grave is the one with the squirrels.

Posted by: Jay | Aug 14, 2018 5:53:28 PM

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