Crime — 14 February 2014 — by Albert J. Ciego

The families of Felipa Sanchez, 84, of Douglas, who died 20 years ago and was buried in the Douglas Village Cemetery, are still devastated and angry after thieves robbed her grave and stole her skeletal remains. Police, however, are not conducting an investigation into the grave robbery, to recover the bones of the senior citizen. So far, the bones have not yet been found.

The grave was robbed sometime during the night of Saturday, February 8. People in the area who came to the cemetery that Sunday morning found the tomb broken open, with the dress that Sanchez was buried in outside of the tomb, and pieces of the coffin on the ground.

A search of the area found a jawbone and a leg bone in a crocus sack, but no other remains of the grandmother was found.

In an interview with Amandala, the Deputy Commander of the Orange Walk Police, Inspector Julius Cantun, said that no investigation was being carried out to recover the bones.

The family is at a loss as to why the bones of their grandmother had been stolen, because she was a poor woman, who, during her life, was a domestic who helped her family by planting food on a plot of land she owned.

Her daughter Ulallia reiterated that the family is poor, and they do not know why her mother’s remains have been stolen.

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