Vandals Smash 40 Headstones in SE Iowa Cemetery

MOUNT AYR, Iowa (AP) - Authorities in Ringgold County say vandals have caused more than $20,000 in damage to a southern Iowa cemetery.

The Ringgold County sheriff's office reported Tuesday about 40 headstones at the Tedrow Cemetery in Athens Township were knocked over and broken between July 11 and July 17.

The cemetery is being described as a pioneer cemetery. That means less than 12 burials have occurred at the cemetery during a 50-year period. Most of the headstones in the cemetery were repaired and restored five years ago.

The Ringgold County Sheriff's office is asking for the public's help in finding the vandals, and asks those with information to contact the officials.
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