Potsdam police seek help solving gravestone mystery

wwny Potsdam police seek help solving gravestone mystery

POTSDAM, N.Y. (WWNY) - Police work is not what the Potsdam Public Museum usually does. But they were this week.

“One of the members of the Potsdam Police Department came in and asked if we could sleuth out some information about a gravestone … a grave marker that they had found,” said

Mary Gilbert, Potsdam Public Museum aide.

A gravestone had been found behind a home on Lawrence Avenue. All it had on it was the name “Charles” the initial “K” and the years 1922-1928.

“And the police officer actually used the word 'forensic' when he asked us,” said Gilbert.

Gilbert and museum researcher Hunter Crary found a social announcement from a 1928 newspaper. A husband and wife had attended the funeral of a Charles Crary, the youngest child of a Pierrepont couple.

“I thought, 'Oh well, here we go,'” said Crary.

Hunter Crary wasn’t able to determine if he’s related to Charles Crary. But they did find he died on May 25, 1928 in Ogdensburg. They even located the out-of-the-way cemetery where the grave marker probably came from.

Pierrepont Hill Cemetery is hidden from the road by a small woods. That's where the grave site of Charles Crary lies.”

That's another part of the mystery. There is a gravestone in the family plot for a Charles K. 1922-1928. It all leads to more questions.

“You do wonder what happened to him. You wonder how the stone got where it was,” said Gilbert.

Police would still like to track down any relatives of Charles Crary. Anyone with information should call Potsdam police or message them on their Facebook page.

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