On Your Side update: Repossessed burial plot gets returned

Julia Jenae reports. 3/11/2017

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A St. Augustine woman says her conflict with a Jacksonville cemetery over burial plots she says her family purchased decades ago has been resolved.

Sarah Hunt recently found out the Restlawn cemetery in Northwest Jacksonville buried someone else in a plot her parents paid for in 1953 without her permission.

Hunt contacted First Coast News' On Your Side team  around Feb. 17 after she discovered the repossession of her parents plot may have been legal.

READ MORE : State law allows cemetery to repo burial plots

A Florida statute permits cemeteries to reclaim a burial plot after 50 years if no contact can be made with the owner via certified mail.

The last address Restlawn says it had on file belonged to Hunt's mother, who passed in 2008.  

Restlawn Owner Mark Reposita says record keeping mistakes were made before he took ownership of the cemetery. 

Since Feb. 17, Reposita says he has taken steps to return the burial plots to Hunt's family.  

"He was very nice about it and it wouldn't have happened if it had not been for [First Coast News], I feel confident about that," Hunt says. "He gave me a call and said that they were going to move the person buried in our plot."

For Hunt, it's a return of the opportunity to be buried next to her parents.

"It puts our mind at ease, it gave us relief that everything was back to its original configuration," Hunt says. "Anyone who has plots at any cemetery should get in touch with the management there to update their contact information."

 

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