OZONE PARK, Queens — Some ozone Park residents can’t get over what some are calling this real-life tale from the crypt.
The hunt is on for whoever stole the remains of two people who died nearly 90 years ago from a Queens cemetery Halloween night, police said Wednesday.
The human remains were stolen from a mausoleum at the Acacia Cemetery at 8384 Liberty Ave. sometime after 4 p.m. on Monday, according to police.
The grave robber, or robbers, broke into the mausoleum and stole two sets of remains — one full body and the skull of another, police said.
A groundskeeper found a mess of burial shrouds, scattered bones, splintered wood and chunks of concrete the next morning.
Eight of the 10 Crypts had been ghoulishly burglarized.
“It’s disgusting,” Eileen Lorine, an Ozone Park resident, told PIX11. “You can’t even die in peace anymore. It’s disgusting.”
This Mausoleum had last been visited in 1987.
The stolen bones are believed to have belonged to Marilan Hollan, who was born in 1900 and died in 1928. The skull was Lewis Hambro’s, who was born in 1865 and died in the same year, 1928.
“Sounds like some kind of cult thing, stealing bodies,” Hector Santisteban, another Ozone Park resident, told PIX11.
A spokesman for Acacia Cemetery said their only comment is that they are upset.
There are no visible surveillance cameras, something neighbors think are now needed.
“I’m very surprised,” Marta Wielk, an Ozone Park resident, told PIX11. “This is the first time this has happened. To live close by something like that happening. It makes me worried.”
Police say they don’t know how many ghoulish thieves were involved.
No arrests have been made and the remains are still missing, police said.