AURORA, ILLINOIS — A 33-year-old man was arrested Thursday for allegedly digging up a woman’s grave at a cemetery, NBC Chicago reports.
Just shortly after 5:30 p.m. on April 4, officers with the Aurora Police Department were dispatched to the West Aurora Cemetery on 607 Wilder Street, after receiving a 911 call about a man digging up a grave.
Cemetery workers told police that when they spotted a man, identified as Jeremy Rivers, digging up a grave belonging to a woman named Victoria E. Vittetow, who was born in 1866, they questioned him.
Rivers purportedly told them that he was moving the woman’s body. He claimed her family asked him to do it.
After police said the workers “challenged” him, Rivers “left the area.”
Aurora police caught up with Rivers at his home nearby and arrested him without incident.
He was charged with desecrating human remains, which is a class E felony.
Rivers was booked into the Kane County jail.
Investigators say Rivers did not give an explanation as to why he was allegedly digging up an old grave.
They added that they could not find a connection between Rivers and Vittetow’s gravesite.
Rivers did not remove the woman’s remains, but officials said “it appears that her body had been disturbed.”
Social Media Users React
When social media users learned that Rivers did not give a reason for allegedly digging up a woman’s grave, they didn’t hesitate to provide one for him.
One Facebook user said, “Maybe he was there with a metal detector, and knowing they used wood boxes back then…thought hey…free jewelry?”
Another user said, “Maybe he thought she was buried with some expensive jewelry.”
However, not everyone felt Rivers was searching for jewelry. Some believe he may have a drug or mental issue and should be placed in a psychiatric ward to get the help he needs.