Officials work to exhume bodies at farm in northern Vanderburgh County

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VANDERBURGH COUNTY, Ind. (WEHT) – Indiana DNR officials are working to exhume bodies that were buried around 1840 in northern Vanderburgh County.

Herman Scheller says he use to farm the land for more than 50 years, where the Calvert family is buried.

He says seven adults and eight kids were laid to rest there.

But descendants of the family claim the current landowner continues to farm over the top of the gravesites.

Scheller says getting the bodies exhumed has been a process for the Calvert family.

“Well I’m glad something is being done. It should have never come to this. The cemetery should have stayed intact.”

Officials say the cost of the exhumation could be more than $35,000.

It’s unclear how long the entire process could take.

The remains will be re-interred just down the road at the Calvert Chapel Cemetery.

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(This story was originally published on May 8, 2019)

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