- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 21, 2015

CHARLEROI, Pa. (AP) - A prosecutor and state police are investigating the past sales and finances of an overgrown cemetery in southwestern Pennsylvania.

Washington County District Attorney Eugene Vittone says he’s trying to figure out how the Charleroi Cemetery has been sold several times without deeds being properly recorded and why the cemetery doesn’t have a perpetual care fund.

Cemeteries are supposed to set aside a certain amount of money they charge for burial plots and services to care for the property in the future.

But the owners, James and Anna Price, say that fund was drained when they bought the land last year.

Authorities began investigating after family members complained about grass not being mowed and other maintenance issues. Things escalated when a box of cremated remains that should have been buried were found in an unlocked shed instead.

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