- Associated Press - Thursday, July 16, 2015

GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (AP) - Authorities in Marshall County say vandalism was most likely not a factor in several discarded headstones being found beside a road earlier this week.

District 4 Commissioner Jesse Swords tells WHNT-TV (http://bit.ly/1Ln0rMO) he and others picked up the headstones after they were reported Monday and held them for safe keeping.

Heath Thomas of the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office says authorities traced names on the headstones to burial plots in DeKalb, Marshall and Cherokee counties and found that they had been replaced with new ones.

Thomas says the headstones were found on a sharp curve beside a road and likely fell off a truck being driven by a hauling company.

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Information from: WHNT-TV, http://whnt.com/

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