Area Soldier's Grave Defaced, Family Searching For Answers

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Updated 3/15/2012 6:45 P.M.

The general manager of Sunset Memory Gardens, where Chief Petty Officer Nicholas Null's gravesite is located, says the last major theft there involving graves took place five years ago.

"When cemetery vases were stolen, and the vases were scrapped, and the money was used to buy drugs, law enforcement was very involved with that," Joann Combs recalls. "But as for thefts from individual graves, we have not had any major reports."

Tracy Kendall, Null's mother, who contacted us Wednesday night about the robbery, says a number of items were taken...from a West Virginia University Orange Bowl shirt and a memory bracelet in Null's honor. She believes the thefts happened between last Friday morning, when she was last at the site, and when she returned Tuesday evening.

Combs says the cemetery has surveillance cameras at several locations...and are ordering more. but adds they can't cover the entire 68 acre cemetery and all of its grave sites.

We've had comments on our web channel about items people said were missing from the cemetery plots of their loved ones at Sunset.

Combs tells us she doesn't know of any mass grave robberies, but adds some things this winter have been blown away from graves during high winds.


Robbers ransacked the grave of an area soldier. Now, the family is searching for answers.

Tracy Kendall, the mother of Chief Petty Officer Nick Null, tells WTAP that sometime over the weekend thieves took several items she had placed at his grave.

Nick is buried at Sunset Memory Gardens.

Kendall says the thieves took a wicker angel, a WVU Orange Bowl shirt and hat and a solar light stand with a camo flag and Nick Null memory bracelet on it. They also stole an award medal from a 5k race in his honor.

Kendall says she's reported it all to the authorities. She says she just wants the items returned. Several of the things taken were from his three little boys.

If you know anything about this, call the Parkersburg Police or the Wood County Sheriff's Office.

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