Dallas man arrested for stealing human ashes from cemetery

A Dallas man was arrested Thursday for the theft of a cemetery plaque and granite slab containing human ashes.

The incident happened at the Forest Lawn Cemetery on East Highway 150 in Lincolnton on Friday, July 24, 2015, according to Lincoln County Sheriff's detectives.

Herron is charged with one felony count of desecrating a grave and one misdemeanor count each of larceny and possession of stolen goods. Herron is also a former employee of Forest Lawn Cemetery and accused of digging up the plaque and granite slab containing the cremated remains of Trudy A. Bumgarner.

Cemetery officials told detectives human ashes and a gold wedding band were placed inside the urn that was part of the plaque. Herron and cemetery management helped the family with putting the ring inside the plaque. 

A passerby discovered the the missing items, except for the wedding band on Magnolia Grove Road near a bridge. Investigators discovered Herron had pawned the ring at a pawn shop in Gaston County. 

Herron was taken to the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center and placed under a $5,000 secured bond.