ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Visitors discover a sad reminder of decades of neglect at Washington Park cemetery in Berekely. The owner of the cemetery may be very close to re-interning the remains of a little boy who died over 90 years ago.
The effects of time and neglect mean burial at Washington Park is not as peaceful as relatives of the deceased would like. Trees and overgrowth have taken over.
But visitors see disrespect for the dead when they come across this crypt. It was in such bad shape the remains of a seven year old boy were said to be visible. The child was buried in 1922. Time has taken its toll on the concrete housing, but the owner thinks its possible the cover was tampered with.
Kevin Bailey took ownership three years ago. He really doesn’t have the money to clear the overgrowth so he hopes to get the funds through community support. There is no endowment for perpetual care, so upkeep is left to relatives and volunteers. Following the discovery of this battered crypt, Bailey says the little boy’s remains will be properly re-interned.
Bailey says that over the weekend he’ll meet with a representative of the funeral directors association to begin the process of repairing the damaged crypt. Berkeley city officials have cited Bailey which means he’ll have to appear in court and pay a fine.