Tombstones found on land in Randolph

December 13, 2012 8:08:43 PM PST
A businessman in New Jersey found three tombstones on his property in Randolph.

How they ended up there is a mystery.

Three tombstones were found at a construction site off Middlebury Boulevard in Randolph on land next to this sports complex.

"Why would this stone be here? Doesn't make any sense," said Gene Kozak, owns land.

Gene Kozak is developing the land, but this was one discovery he didn't expect when workers were digging through the dirt.

He gets emotional just talking about it.

"I don't know why people would do that. You don't know why somebody would do that," Kozak said.

He believes someone dumped the tombstones.

Construction workers discovered the tombstones on the property probably about six months ago. Gene Kozak says he wasn't informed until last week and he tells Eyewitness News he's been haunted by it ever since.

He's haunted by the dates on the tombstones and the names; Eleanor Carlson was 99 years old when she died.

Elizabeth and Vincent Ryan, a husband and wife, shared another one of the tombstones.

Edward Purcell was born July 4th and that's Gene's birthday as well.

"I'd like to know more about those people; who they were, and how they contributed to the country," Kozak said.

He's hoping someone will come forward with answers.

"Maybe the family members might be still around and recognize the tombstones and try to collect them," Kozak said.

"It's a dignity issue, respect issue," Kozak said, "These are people who built this country, made it what it is today, you're saying we should respect that and respect their memory even more."

Just as the names are etched in stone they remain in his thoughts.

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