Headstones, fences damaged at Reily Cemetery in Butler Co.

BUTLER COUNTY, OH (FOX19) - An act of vandalism or a bad accident? Residents in Butler County are trying to figure out what happened to Reily Cemetery in Riley Township because many feel disrespected by damage that was found there.

Steve Hannon said that he went to the cemetery Monday to visit his father's grave and noticed that something wasn't right.

"Obviously some kind of car wreck. It was pretty crazy, all kinds of car parts and pieces of fence just thrown hundreds of yards away from where the actual fence was," he said.

On top of that, he said he spotted damaged headstones.

Hannon said his father's grave wasn't touched, but he still believes it is extremely hurtful and disrespectful.

"I never saw any skid marks from any brakes or anything like that. It looked like whoever it was just didn't stop or try to stop they just kept going," he said.

Neighbors said they saw sheriff's deputies at the cemetery investigating that day. Those deputies, according to neighbors, found the car there, but not the driver.

FOX19 NOW was told that investigators think the person behind the wheel may have been at a local bar before it happened, but it's not clear if drugs or alcohol were involved.

"That's a little less painful to imagine than someone doing it on purpose," Hannon said.

Hannon wants the person behind the damage to be held responsible if it was the result of reckless driving, or someone defacing property.

"Especially on Memorial Day weekend... it's not what you want to see – is that," Hannon said.

FOX19 NOW reached out to the Butler County Sheriff's Office for more information but has not heard back yet. No word on any arrests or when the cemetery fence and headstones might be completely repaired.

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