Reward Offered in Damage to Historic Buffalo River Cemetery

BOXLEY, AR - The Buffalo National River office is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of the person responsible for digging holes in a historic cemetery in Boxley Valley.

A National Park Service historian who was conducting a routine site inspection of Whiteley Cemetery recently found the freshly dug holes.  The park archaeologist found no evidence that any graves were disturbed.

The earliest legible grave marker at Whitely Cemetery dates back to 1873.

Disturbing the ground violates the Archeological Resources Protection Act and is considered a felony offense, the park service says.  The offense is punishable by a maximum of two years in prison, a $20,000 fine, plus the cost to repair the damage.

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