GREELEY, Colo. — Longmont police exhumed a body from a cemetery in Greeley Tuesday as part of an ongoing investigation.
The gravesite that was unearthed is near northwest side of the Linn Grove Cemetery. People nearby said both Greeley and Longmont police were present during the exhumation.
A neighbor told Denver7 that the investigators showed up around 6 a.m., put up police tape, and blocked off a portion of the cemetery.
“They dug up this grave, and then I guess they did whatever they had to do, and they put the casket back in the ground and loaded up and left,” said neighbor Cheryl Fendrich.
Fendrich said police used a tractor to dig up the majority of the dirt from the gravesite. She also saw the investigators using drones to survey the area.
Once the casket was unearthed, Fendrich said police took it into a tent they had set up. After a while, she said they returned the coffin to the ground.
“They put a lot of stuff in the one truck in the crime scene truck. I don’t know what all they had, but they did put a lot of stuff in the truck,” she said.
The gravesite belongs to a couple who were both born in the 1930s. One passed away in 2010, and the other passed away last March. Lin Grove workers spent part of the afternoon re-burying the casket. Longmont police said no body was ultimately removed from the cemetery.
Fendrich, who has been living in the area for nearly 30 years and whose husband and daughter are buried in Linn Grove, said she’s never seen anything like this before.
Denver7 reached out to Longmont Police and the Boulder District Attorney’s office to find out why the body was exhumed. This article will be updated when more answers are available.