Man accused in theft of remains from Sweet Olive Cemetery

Man accused in theft of remains from Sweet Olive Cemetery

A Grave robber is behind bars after allegedly stealing bones from Baton Rouge’s historic cemetery for blacks.

22-year-old Caleb Davis, a white male from Baton Rouge allegedly posted a video on social media removing remains from the Sweet Olive Cemetery.

A rash of vandalism and an increase in trespassing at Sweet Olive, has not only disturbed the repose of the deceased but also brought to the forefront the struggle of protecting and preserving the historic sites that has been neglected for years. “To find that someone would go in there and desecrate one of the vaults we got over 1,000 vaults in there and it might be one or two that are damaged but to believe someone would do that, all I can do is pray for God’s grace and mercy,” said Sweet Olive Manager, W.T. Winfield.

The investigation was done as a joint effort with the Special Agents of the Louisiana Bureau of Investigation

and the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office Anthropology Unit.

Davis was booked at the East Baton Rouge Parish

Prison where he was charged with violation of desecration of graves.

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