On Monday a deputy from the Clatsop County Sheriff's Office was dispatched to Carnahan Park, in the Cullaby Lake area of rural Warrenton. The caller reported finding a damaged headstone, which was discarded near the boat launch. Sheriff Tom Bergin asks for the public's help to catch the person(s) who perpetrated the crime and to identify the broken stone so it can be restored.
When the deputy arrived, he located a white, military style headstone, which appeared to be intentionally broken into several pieces. The broken headstone was missing several pieces including the parts with most of the name, date of birth, and date of death on them. The letters "ER" etched into one broken piece. These are believed to be the last two letters of the veteran's name. It can also be determined from one broken piece; the deceased veteran was in the United States Air Force and served in both Korea and Vietnam.
"Members of local law enforcement know many in our community are veterans, both active duty and retired. Many of your local police officers, troopers, and deputies are also veterans. Such blatant disrespect for this veteran's resting place is an outrage." Said Sheriff Bergin.
We are asking for your help in finding out the identity of the veteran, so the headstone can be respectfully replaced. We are also asking for any help that can be given, which may lead to the development of a suspect and arrest.
Please review these photographs to see if this veteran belonged to your family and was buried nearby. If you know who committed this crime or have any information, please contact Sheriff Tom Bergin, Deputy Dan Koehnke, or Sgt. Jason Hoover at 503-325-8635