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Veteran laid to rest next to his wife after being buried in wrong grave for 12 years

Posted at 12:12 PM, Apr 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-22 13:15:16-04

WHITESTOWN, Ind. -- Family and friends gathered Saturday to salute and lay to rest a Whitestown veteran who was buried in the wrong grave for nearly 12 years. 

Family members discovered the casket of Charles Bovenschen missing when they went to bury his wife in the same burial plot earlier this year at the Lincoln Memorial Gardens. 

CALL 6 | Woman discovers father's casket is missing over a decade after his death

Bovenschen passed away in 2006. His wife, Mary, died on February 18. 

A few days later the cemetery found Bovenschen's casket buried in the wrong plot. The cemetery covered the costs of Saturday's ceremony, even providing a new casket for Bovenschen for him to be laid to rest next to his wife. 

Charles and Mary are now together forever.

CALL 6 | Veteran's missing casket found

The troubling discovery could be the result of the business practices of the previous cemetery operator which oversaw several sites including Lincoln Memory Gardens.

Call 6 Investigates spent weeks in 2008 detailing customer complaints which led to state action.

If something like this should happen to you, talk to the cemetery management.  You also need to file a complaint with the Office of the Indiana Attorney General Consumer Protection Division to trigger a review. 

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