Dozens of burial plots appear on maps as occupied but have no headstone, and some graves that have a headstone are recorded as vacant. Cemetery workers have begun to dig graves in what they thought was an unoccupied plot but then found that someone was buried there. In some cases, grounds crews have found that graves are marked with headstones for other decedents.
"We are one fire, or one flood, or one spilled Starbucks coffee away from some of those records being lost or spoiled," said Senator Mark Warner (D-Va.), who also called the failed efforts an "astonishing" waste of taxpayer money on a project that "should be able to be solved relatively easily."
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