Cemetery Used as Trash Dump Site and Party Spot


WAYNE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A cemetery is a place where families leave loved ones to rest in peace, but there's been nothing peaceful about one cemetery in Wayne County.

People have been using the cemetery as a party spot to drink and ride ATVs.

Carolyn Parsons says where her loved ones are laid to rest shouldn't be a site where people think it's OK to dump garbage.

"When I come out here to visit a grave, I have to come with shovels, rakes, trash and bags," she said.

At the cemetery site you can see bonfire pits and beer bottles.

When Parsons came to the cemetery Sunday, she found a large trash heap.

"I don't know what kind of a human being would do this," she said.

This cemetery is located out a long dirt road near the Shoals area. Parsons says it’s been there since the 1800s.

She says people even use headstones as target practice.

"My mother is in a nursing home,” Parsons said. “I've got a sister that's really sick. I don't know what minute I'll get a phone call saying I've lost a close family member, and to have to bring them up here to this? It's hurting really bad."

It's been an ongoing effort to keep the living out.

Katrina Nelson is a trustee at the cemetery, and her family owns that property. She says they’ve tried putting up a fence and a gate, but those were torn down.

Nelson says they've tried in the past to get county officials to address the problems there, but she says nothing was ever done.


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