Aurora Man Arrested For Digging Up Old Grave

Steve Miller
April 05, 2019 - 4:56 pm

Courtesy Lisa Gerald

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AURORA (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Aurora Police said they have arrested a man who was digging up a century-old grave site at West Aurora Cemetery yesterday.

Police said it was in broad daylight when 33-year-old Jeremy Rivers of Aurora was digging at a gravesite.

"There was about a 2- or 3-foot pile of dirt next to the grave, so he had been digging for some time—down to the remains—although he didn't apparently remove any remains from the gravesite, said Aurora Police Sergeant Bill Rowley.

He said when people approached Rivers, he told them he was moving the remains at the request of the family, which Rowley said was not true.

Rowley said the grave contains the remains of Victoria Vittetow, who was born in the late 1860's and died in 1920. According to her grave's memorial site on Find A Grave, she was buried on Feb. 2, one day after her death.

Although it does not appear that Rivers removed any of Vittetow’s remains, police said it appears that her body had been disturbed by Rivers, who offered no explanation for his actions. It is unknown what connection there is, if any, between Rivers and the grave site, police said.

Aurora Police Department

Sergeant Rowley said he's never had a case quite like this in his 23 years in law enforcement.

Rivers was charged with desecrating human remains, a Class 3 felony.

Grave photo courtesy Lisa Gerald.