Army, FBI: Multiple burials in single grave at Arlington not a crime

Army 1st Sgt. Shelly Jenkins, with the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment known as The Old Guard, places flags on the graves at Arlington National Cemetery in preparation for Memorial Day 2010.


By Published: June 29, 2011

Army investigators said no laws were broken when eights sets of cremated remains were buried in one grave at Arlington National Cemetery, according to CNN.

The U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command has teamed up with the FBI for the ongoing probe into mismanagement of the hallowed military burial ground in the nation’s capital. It began last year when the Army found problems with more than 200 gravesites at Arlington.

The Army inspector general report showed: a dysfunctional management system; millions wasted on information technology contracts that produced useless results; misplaced and misidentified remains; and at least four cases in which crematory urns had been dug up and dumped in a dirt pile. The cemetery's top officials were forced out as a result. 

A federal grand jury has reportedly been subpoenaing witnesses and records relating to the scandal at the nation’s most venerated military burial ground, according to The Washington Post.

Read the latest story from CNN about the ongoing investigation at Arlington National Cemetery.

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