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Township concerned about woman's plan to use old cemetery

Posted at 8:39 AM, Dec 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-18 08:39:50-05

A northern Michigan township is reluctant to grant a woman's request to bury the cremated remains of her daughter in a cemetery that hasn't been used in almost 100 years.

The Bay City Times reports that Amber Skutt's family hopes to bury her remains in Pere Cheney Cemetery, where the 25-year-old frequently visited. Skutt died in a car crash in April.

Beaver Creek Township maintains the cemetery in Crawford County. Officials are concerned about vandalism. Records also aren't clear about where people have been buried.

The township's supervisor, Kim Van Nuck, says the township could be liable if someone installs a headstone and it gets ruined.