The Hennepin County sheriff's office is investigating the disturbance of a grave at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.
A maintenance worker a the cemetery was the first to discover the dirty mess on Thursday morning. A significant amount of dirt and soil had been removed from the grave site.
Sheriff Rich Stanek said the grave of a World War II veteran was dug up sometime Wednesday night. The gravestone itself was not vandalized and the family of the veteran has been contacted.
On Thursday afternoon, crews used equipment to remove the top of a vault the casket was in. The remains have since been taken to the medical examiner for evaluation to find out if they were disturbed in any way.
Stanek told FOX 9 News he couldn't recall another case where a grave was dug up in Hennepin County.
No suspect is in custody and investigators are reviewing evidence.
Visitors to the cemetery said they were very disturbed by the crime, which is a felony.
"This is the final resting place and a place of honor for the men and women who have served our country," said Stanek, "For anyone to desecrate a gravesite here, it is not only a disturbing crime, it is extremely disrespectful to all military veterans and their families."
Anyone with information is urged to call the Sheriff's Office at 763-525-6216 or call 911.
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