Eternal Hills Cemetery bankruptcy case first of its kind in Oregon

Eternal Hills Cemetery bankruptcy case first of its kind in Oregon

Posted: May 23, 2019 12:40 PM
Updated: May 23, 2019 12:40 PM

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says "watching out for andryanna says: "when the cemetery began to fall a part, members of the community created a facebook group called the eternal hills guardians. for months they've been working to see how they can get the answers on what's happened and happening to repair the cemetery. today, here at the klamath county fairgrounds, they got some of those answers." nats about two hundred people came to this meeting to hear what's happening at the cemetery. kimberlee says: "i cannot wrap into a single word the emotion that i saw looking out across all the people in our community and that's what drives me to continue." kimberlee underwood is one of the group's administrators. seven members of her family are buried at eternal hills. she takes care of her family's graves when she can. kimberlee says: "it just takes time to go out to make sure the appearance and the structure is in tact and making it as presentable as possible and everything that we do as a group effort." the eternal hills cemetery bankruptcy is a case the oregon department of justice has never dealt with before. and its senior assistant attorney general carolyn wade's first cemetery case in her 35 years as a lawyer. carolyn says: "its very shocking, both the condition of the cemetery which was exceedingly shocking and the real disregard for the people who were buried in the cemetery and the people who are still alive whose families are buried there. a year and a half ago, the justice department filed its very first involuntary bankruptcy against the cemetery's owner. wade says five parts of the cemetery was illegally sold to five different companies. the rights to be interred was also sold. right now, a trustee has six different lawsuits within the bankruptcy so she can get those six parts and then sell it them as a whole to someone else who will be willing to get the cemetery back to repair. carolyn says: "we heard some negative talk today about it's too far gone nobody will buy it. and the commissioner, commissioner degroot said he is very hopeful that he thinks there will be a buyer and that the buyer will be able to bring the cemetery back up to its former state." until then, people are allowed to take care of their own family's graves but are warned to be careful since headstones and the ground is sinking. andryanna says: "the people who came to today's meeting got some of their questions answered but there's still a long road ahead to get a eternal hills back to what it once was. until then, the facebook group has organized a cemetery cleanup day on saturday, june 29th. in klamath falls, andryanna sheppard, newswatch 12. police say they have arrested
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