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More Vanishing Romanian Property As Family Crypt Disappears

More Vanishing Romanian Property As Family Crypt Disappears

After a Romanian man turned up to visit his holiday home and found it had been stolen and the field of corn planted in its place, another Romanian man has complained to police saying that his entire family crypt had been stolen.

When he went to light a candle at his father's grave, Ion Haiduc, 77, was shocked to find that instead of the crypt and the hundreds of other graves in the cemetery at Bistrita, a city in northern Romania, he found animals grazing on the ground.

He said: "Nobody told me that the place that I had paid for and where my family including my father's bones had been laid to rest had been sold off to a developer, and it was a real shock when I turned up to find everything had gone. The crypt was my property paid for by my family and it was stolen away."

He said that what had shocked him even more was that some of the bones of the people who had been previously buried there were simply lying around on the surface after the ground had been turned over by excavators that had presumably been called in to remove the graves. Photos taken at the cemetery as the developers began to remove the graves show crosses and headstones being ripped from the ground as it is prepared for its new owners.

Haiduc, who is an actor well-known in Romania and lives in the capital Bucharest, said: "It was a shocking sight when I went to light a candle at my father's tomb. He died 30 years ago and every time I am in the area I call by to pay my respects."

He said that locals had not been particularly helpful and he had actually been paying a local person to maintain the crypt and keep clean, but that they had said nothing to him about the fact that the cemetery had been removed.

He added: "I tried in vain to get an explanation and was sent from one person to the other. The company managing the cemetery before it was sold blamed the local priest, and when I spoke to him he blamed the local council. It is all terribly distressing but I've decided not to take legal action over against it. I think this should be an enquiry and somebody owes a lot of people an explanation, as where the cemetery site was it now looks like a bomb site. But I don't believe in spending my life fighting people about it will make any difference because it won't change the fact that the grave is gone and I've no way of finding out when my father's remains are."

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