Panama City woman finds abandoned headstone in neighborhood

By Kara Murphy | kmurphy@wmbb.com

Published 08/31 2016 08:19PM

Updated 08/31 2016 08:19PM

A Panama City woman is trying to solve an unusual mystery. She uncovered a U.S. Army Veterans headstone in her neighborhood, and is now looking for it's owner. 
 
Dorothy Hill was checking on a friend's house when she said she heard a cat in the backyard of the vacant house next door. When she looked closer, she says she found an abandoned kitten, as well as the headstone.
 
"How can you do that to somebody's headstone?" said Hill. 
 
The headstone now sits in her front yard as part of a makeshift memorial.
 
"Cause it's not a piece of trash and the man served, he served. And it's just disrespectful," said Hill. 
 
The name on the headstone is Theopolis Hollis Perry Sr., who served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Turns out, the new owners of the house found another headstone inscribed with the name Harriet Nadine Perry, the same last name. They don't know who either of the headstones belongs to, or where they came from, but Hill is on a mission to find the proper owners. 
 
"We just want to get it back, ya know. We just want to get it back to it's rightful place," said Hill. 
 
For Hill and her husband have personal reasons for returning the tombstone. Mr. Hill served in the U.S. Military. 
 
"My husband, he salutes him every morning. Before he comes to work and salutes him when he comes home," said Hill. 
 
For now, Theopolis Hollis Perry Sr.'s headstone will stay in this front yard, until someone reunites him with his family. 
 

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