CRIME

Repairs planned for vandalized headstones at Grantsville City Cemetery

Feb 21, 2024, 5:02 PM | Updated: Feb 22, 2024, 12:33 pm

Susan Orifici...

Susan Orifici stands over a broken headstone at the Grantsville City Cemetery. The headstone dates back to the late 1800s. (KSL TV)

(KSL TV)

GRANTSVILLE — Representatives from the Grantsville Public Works Department and the State Historic Preservation Office met with the mayor this week to discuss repairing several damaged headstones at the city’s cemetery.

Vandals toppled and broke the headstones earlier this month. On Thursday, police said they had identified those responsible for the damage and vandalism. A reward was previously offered for information that could lead to an arrest.

Some repairs will be on hold until warmer weather arrives, but Grantsville Public Works hoped to have the repairs finished in time for Memorial Day.

Susan Orifici and her mother Madge Hogan were at the cemetery earlier this month to visit the gravesite of a family member. As the two looked around they noticed the broken and damaged headstones.

This was no accident,” Orifici said. “This was definitely vandalism.”

Vandals damage several Grantsville City Cemetery headstones

She immediately reported it to the city, and police opened an investigation.

“These headstones are like hundreds of years old, and, you know, they’re irreplaceable,” Orifici said.

Anyone with information on the incident should contact the Grantsville Police Department at 435-884-6881.

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Repairs planned for vandalized headstones at Grantsville City Cemetery