STEEP FALLS, Maine — Three men are accused of digging up remains of two people and moving them to another cemetery.
The ashes of Richard Lewis and his son, Trent Lewis, were buried in the Steep Falls Cemetery for years until last year, when the Cumberland County Sheriff says they were secretly and illegally dug up by other family members and moved to Maple Hill Cemetery in Limington. That means that Trent Lewis’ partner and his still-grieving children had been visiting empty graves for a year.
“That’s the shock of — you go to visit somebody at a resting place, then come to find out you don’t even know they’re not there — they’ve been moved,” said Cumberland County Sheriff Kevin Joyce. “The law specifically says you can’t dig up the remains and that’s exactly what they did.”
The men are charged with abuse of a corpse, which is a Class D misdemeanor and carries possible jail time of up to three years.