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Officials Investigate Group Grave In Arlington Cemetery

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Officials at Arlington Cemetery found the cremated remains of eight people buried in one grave in October.
Officials at Arlington Cemetery found the cremated remains of eight people buried in one grave in October.

Army officials have launched a criminal investigation: They want to know how multiple sets of cremated remains at Arlington Cemetary ended up in a single grave.

A cemetary spokeswoman says officials found the remains of eight people buried in one spot back in October, with a headstone marked "unknown."

Since then, investigators have identified three sets of the remains: one set couldn't be identified and was reburied with an "unknown" marker. Investigators are still working to ID the other remains.

A spokesman for the Army Criminal Investigation Command said that the placement of eight urns in one grave was unlikely to be a mistake.

A report out earlier this year found that more than 200 graves had been mis-marked on cemetary maps.

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