Backyard Burial Bodies Returned North For Funerals

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The bodies of an elderly Stockholm couple unearthed from a backyard burial site have been returned to Franklin County for funeral services.

St. Lawrence County District Attorney Mary Rain says the bodies were released after a forensic autopsy at the Albany Medical Center on Tuesday.

The couple's cause of death and autopsy results have not been released.

The wife of the man who told police he buried Alvin and Betty Babcock in the backyard says she felt something bad had happened to the couple when she arrived at the trailer he rented at 733 May Road in June 2012.

Shawn Jensen Bartlett told 7 News in an exclusive interview that she had spoken with Robert Bartlett by phone from Connecticut in April and heard moaning in the background. She says Bartlett told her the sound came from Alvin Babcock.

She said she's glad she persisted in telling authorities that something was wrong, even though they thought she was psychotic.

"It was important enough for me to stick around in that hell hole and to deal with abuse of many different kinds and not have anybody . . . it was important enough to me, because I couldn't do that to them," she said. "And I didn't even know them."

Alvin Babcock was a longtime employee of the village of Tupper Lake.

Robert Bartlett told investigators he buried the bodies, but said he did not kill them. He remains in a mental health unit in Ogdensburg.

No charges have been filed.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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