Long after hurricane, unearthed bodies not ID’d

Martha Waggoner
Associated Press

Goldsboro, N.C. – Larry Monk just wants his father’s remains back where they belong, beside those of his mother in a cemetery in eastern North Carolina.

Monk learned in June that his father’s vault has been missing from its place in Elmwood Cemetery in Goldsboro for nearly two years. The family only learned about it when Monk’s sister went to put flowers on the grave on Father’s Day.

City officials say Raymond Monk’s vault was one of those pulled from the ground by Hurricane Matthew in October 2016. Floodwaters inundated the cemetery, located about a half-mile from the Neuse River.

Raymond Monk and 17 others are buried elsewhere in the cemetery for now. City officials hope DNA from the remains and from families will allow them to return the deceased where they belong.