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Who ransacked a Colebrook grave?

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COLEBROOK, N.H. - It's the final resting place for hundreds of loved ones in New Hampshire's North Country-- the Colebrook Village Cemetery. But one gravesite flanked by two large mounds of dirt stands out among the rest.

"When I got up there I couldn't believe what I saw. It was just a depraved act," said Michael Pearson of the Jenkins & Newman Funeral Home.

Family members of Eddie Nash, who is buried in the plot, say sometime between Sunday night and Monday morning the man's burial site was ransacked. A cement vault was cracked into pieces, the casket pried open and the man's remains rummaged through. It is an act of vandalism that funeral home directors say is extremely rare.

"Certainly to find one where the vault has been broken into and the casket exposed is extremely uncommon," Pearson said.

Ray Hamel, who owns a restaurant in town, has known Eddie Nash for decades. And when Nash died suddenly of a heart attack in 2004, Hamel says he was missed, and not just by members of this community.

"Eddie was a good man. He was a well-respected business man, did business all over the East Coast," Hamel said.

The equipment business Nash open in 1979 remains family-owned. Nash's daughter declined to speak on camera about the incident, but questions who would do such a despicable act, especially since she says no valuables were buried with her dad.

"You hear about grave robbing 100, 150 years ago. You don't think of it 2014," Pearson said.

Police are investigating the crime but would not say if they have any leads in the case.

"No one deserves it, no. That is for sure," Hamel said.

The family is working with the funeral home to once again put Mr. Nash in his final resting place. That will happen next week at an additional cost to the family of around $5,000.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact the Colebrook Police Department.

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