Officials from Dignity Memorial, which manages the cemetery, issued a statement saying they would look for ways to address the issue.
“We certainly empathize with grieving families who wish to add personal items to the graves of their loved ones,” the company’s statement said. “We care deeply for our families and strive to provide them with a peaceful and beautiful environment in which to remember their loved ones. We do take the safety and security of our park very seriously, however, cemeteries, by their nature, are open to the public. We encourage all of our client families to let us know about any issues or concerns, so we may address them immediately and notify the proper authorities as warranted.”
Pyles said she has not filed police reports, but is asking that the cemetery install additional security, such as security cameras to prevent further thefts. Recently, she’s taken to writing on the items in permanent marker to prove they were left for her daughter.
The thefts have made dealing with her daughter’s loss even more difficult, she said.
“The memories are with me every day,” she said. “It’s been a roller coaster, a tough, long roller coaster to bury a child.”
She said she’s simply asking for help to prevent future thefts.
“The cemetery should put up cameras,” she said. “It would save a lot of heartache for loved ones.”