Cemetery maintains graves were moved so caskets wouldn’t end up in nearby creek

West Seneca

WEST SENECA, N.Y. (WIVB) — Loved ones continue to demand answers from a cemetery about the moving of bodies without their knowledge.

Saint Matthew’s Cemetery in West Seneca is accused of moving hundreds of graves and not telling the families before the work started.

Officials with the cemetery say they relocated the caskets because the land started giving way into a creek.

At State Supreme Court on Monday. cemetery attorneys said that getting in touch with every family member wasn’t feasible on such a short timeframe – that they were worried the caskets could have ended up in the water.

The families’ side maintained that loved ones should be notified, and that caskets at risk of sliding into the creek could have first been moved, instead of the 215 that the plaintiffs claim were moved.

Another hearing is set for late August.

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