A groundskeeper at a Queens cemetery discovered evidence of an apparent break-in at a mausoleum containing ten crypts on Tuesday morning. On further inspection, police said, he realized that human remains had been swiped from one crypt, and a human skull from another.
A police spokesman said Wednesday that the skeleton belonged to a woman who was born in 1900 and died in 1928. The skull belonged to a man born in 1865, who also passed away in 1928. Both corpses had been decaying for nearly 90 years.
The incident took place some time between 4:00 p.m. on Halloween and 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday morning at Acacia Cemetery in Ozone Park, according to the NYPD. One of the mausoleum's windows, the apparent point of entry, had been broken previously and boarded with plywood. "The individual or individuals broke some marble inside in order to gain access to some crypts," police said.
"We've had some cases of Santeria worshippers killing chickens, but nothing like this," a police source told the Daily News. "Who would want to do something like this?"
"It's probably going to be very difficult to find these remains," the source added. "And who wants to spend their afterlife with their skull in the trash?"
Police have yet to make any arrests, and an investigation is ongoing.