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Jan 19, 2011 11:20 AM by Melissa Canone

Radar Scans at Cemetery Discovers 200 Unmarked Graves

MONROE, La. (AP) - A preliminary review of ground penetrating radar scans at J.S. Clark Cemetery near Monroe has found nearly 200 unmarked graves at the cemetery.

The News-Star reports the scans were conducted over a 6-acre area of the cemetery in southeastern Ouachita Parish in preparation for planned drainage work by the Ouachita Parish Police Jury.

Police Jury consulting engineer Tom Holtzclaw said Tuesday that while officials were expecting a high number of unmarked graves to be found in the interior of the cemetery, none was found in the area planned for construction.

Holtzclaw expects to receive the complete data from the radar surveys within the next week. Once that information is received, he said some matching of the unmarked gravesites to names could likely begin.

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