NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Authorities have a person of interest they want to locate for questioning about the disturbance of a 74-year-old grave site. It's in the Chireno Lower Cemetery.
The quiet, historic community cemetery is now the sight of a criminal investigation following Emily Hester's discovery on Tuesday.
"It was covered with a rug," Hester said.
Hester peeked under it.
"Frankly I didn't lift the rug but a little bit to see what the hole looked like," Hester said.
While odd, the cemetery treasurer searched for a reasonable explanation. It's a cemetery of few rules, other than to be buried there, the person must have ties to Chireno.
"You can bury ashes or whatever without any formal legal stuff," Hester said. "I first thought when I saw it was someone is burying some ashes."
However, closer examination revealed more strange finds.
"And it had some flowers. There was a shovel there," Hester said. "The dirt that had been stacked to the side partly covered the stone. And I did brush the dirt away so I could read the stone, but otherwise I left it just as close to the way I found it as possible."
Hester located Brenda Reed, a very distant relative of the infant's parents who are buried nearby. Reed dismissed any reason for the disturbance other than criminal, so she called Constable David Stone.
"I believe they'll get to the bottom of this," Hester said.
He has forensic experts on it. There's still some question if any casket or remains were there due to the age of the grave site.
Nevertheless, the event is disturbing. The fact it's all happening the week before Halloween conjures up all sorts of speculations.
"Oh it has, but I'm hoping that's not the explanation," Hester said. "If it is, then I'm more than horrified."
The grave was that of Calvin Denvill Mason, who was born in August of 1941 and died in 1942. He was the son of Major Denvill Mason and Eunice Hazel Mason, both of whom are deceased.
Anyone with any information about the believed disturbance should contact the Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Department at (936) 560-7771 or Nacogdoches Crime Stoppers at (936) 560-INFO (4636) or send a secure tip to ncstips.com.
Nacogdoches Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward for information leading to an arrest in this case.