Police seek information on vandalized cemetery

By ZEINAB NAJM
Times-Herald Newspapers

DEARBORN — The Police Department is seeking public assistance to identify the people responsible for damaging 37 headstones at Northview Cemetery.

A call was received just before 9:30 a.m. April 25 from a groundkeeper at Northview Cemetery near Outer Drive and North Military after headstones were kicked over.

The cemetery, which spans 18.5 acres, was founded by attorney Henry Haigh and incorporated in 1883. About 9,000 people are interred at the cemetery.

Police are investigating the incident which possibly occurred overnight with the vandals jumping the fence along Outer Drive to leave the scene.

The first few rows of headstones near Outer Drive were the most damaged.

“Officers discovered dozens of headstones that had been knocked over and damaged,” a Dearborn Police press release read. “The headstones that were damaged appeared to have been selected at random and do not share common traits.”

“This type of criminal misconduct is most irreverent to our community and will never be tolerated,” Police Chief Ronald Haddad said. “We are urging the public to come forward and provide information that can help bring those responsible to justice.”

Anyone with information can call the Police Department at 313-943-2241, or Crime Stoppers at 800-773-2587 to remain anonymous.”

(Zeinab Najm can be reached at zeinabnajm92@gmail.com.)