Hope Star - 9 Jan 1961 Alma Summers
Grave Robber May Be a Sex Deviate JACKSONVILLE, Arjc. (AP) — Police seek a sex deviate in connection connection with this central Arkansas Arkansas town's two grave robberies, and they say they are afraid they may find more opened graves before before the culprit is caught. Last week, the graves of two young women were discovered to have been opened. The body of a girl, 17, was stolen and is still missing. The graves were refilled, with j one body half out of the casket, and the fact that they had been opened was not discovered until some time after the crimes. Sheriff L. C. Young said officers were tracking down leads on sex S deviates and had almost discount- robbery as the motive for the crimes. However, $300 in jewelry was stolen from the body that po- | lice said the robber couldn't get i out of its casket. | "He took the jewels because • they wore there and probably for no other reasons," Young said. Young added that no other graves have been found desecrat- ' ed. but police fear the man didn't i stop at two robberies. The grusesome case has caused considerable unrest in Jacksonville. Jacksonville. "People are so scared they're afraid to go out of their homes after dark," Police Chief Myron Traylor said. Relatives of persons buried in the two cemeteries came in droves over the weekend to make sure their plot had not been disturbed. disturbed. The body of Mrs. Alma Summers, Summers, 28, who died last November, November, was found pulled half out of the casket in her grave at Chapel Hill Memorial Cemetery last Thursday. Her clothes had been torn from her body. The body of a 17-year-old girl, who was not identified at the request request of relatives, was found missing from its grave in Bayou Meto Cemetery the next day. The girl died about a year ago. Both caskets had been chopped open with an ax, police said. Over the weekend, police found in a gravel pit a pick, shovel and length of rope they think were used in the opening of the grave of Mrs. Summers. They also found a stocking they said probably probably belonged to Mrs. Summers. Coveralls and work gloves were found. Aside from those, clues in the case are sparse. Young said several persons have been questioned, but no arrests made.