Police are investigating damage at one of Waterloo’s oldest cemeteries and one of the headstones targeted by vandals marks the grave of a former Iowa governor.
A caretaker at Elmwood Cemetery says one of several markers vandalized over the weekend identifies the burial site of Horace Boies, a Waterloo Democrat who served as Iowa’s governor from 1890 to 1894.
The caretaker, Richard Hastings, called police after finding four headstones tipped over in one section of the cemetery. He later discovered damage to several others, including a tall, irreplaceable grave marker that was completely shattered.
Authorities say the damage ranges from 50 dollars to 300. The vandalism was done sometime late Friday or early Saturday and police say it appears no one witnessed the crime.