I-Team Investigation: Burial site blunder


by WHAS11


Posted on May 22, 2012 at 6:48 PM

Updated Tuesday, May 22 at 7:03 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- A Louisville woman claims a burial site blunder left her no choice but to call the WHAS11 I-team.

When Veronica Woodruff first contacted WHAS11 she was angry, hurt and confused.

In 1982 Veronica and her husband Bobby bought a side-by-side crypt at Evergreen Cemetery after he was diagnosed with cancer.

It was a spot in the mausoleum near her parents.

Veronica says the name Woodruff was paid for and added after the crypt was paid off. She said that her spot was marked in green marker by the guy who sold it to them.

But earlier this year Woodruff was told it wasn't her spot.

"I want to see them prove to me that I don't own these crypts because I believe with all my heart I do,” said Veronica. “On the first day I was there I got hysterical. I started balling and crying and saying you can't tell me I don't own that. I've been coming over here looking at it for over 20 years"

A representative from the cemetery told Veronica that the actual crypt was sold to a Charles and Alice Woodruff back in 1962, before the portion of the building was even built.

WHAS11 went in search of Charles and Alice Woodruff, and found them.

Alice told us that she's now 76 and he is 80 and that they actually purchased the crypt in 1959 when he was 27 and she was 24 before the building was built.

So what exactly happened here?

Veronica says she paid for a side-by-side and bronze lettering. But they told her a head-to-head crypt with no lettering is actually hers.

Representatives from Evergreen did not want to do an on-camera interview, but contacted Veronica within minutes of our visit.

Last week Evergreen agreed to buy back Veronica's head-to-head crypt.

And because Bobby decided he wanted to be buried here in the ground right before he died in 2009 Veronica agreed.

WHAS11 thought it would be interesting to bring the two families together. Click on the video player above to see the full story.