An elderly widower will be able to bury his dead wife on the couple’s property off Bawcom Road, it has been decided, and he will not face criminal charges for improperly disposing of his wife’s body.
The man, who was married to his wife for 62 years, was found recently to have buried her in their backyard because the couple did not want to be apart. The man did not know it is a misdemeanor to improperly dispose of or bury a body.
The Sequoyah County Sheriff’s Office received a tip about the woman’s death and burial and was required by law to investigate. Sheriff Larry Lane said the state medical examiner’s office has determined the woman died of natural causes.
Sequoyah County Commissioners on Monday approved a family cemetery on the property so the woman may be buried near her husband. County commissioners are the agency which approves cemeteries.
Lane said no charges will be filed against the man.
Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director
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