Volunteers say vandals damage mausoleum at historic Pontiac cemetery

Posted at 10:13 PM, Mar 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-07 05:13:53-05

Volunteers for an historic cemetery in Pontiac claim one of its mausoleums was vandalized over the weekend.

For Larry Keehn, the cemetery has become his heart.

He's spent years and countless hours keeping Oak Hill clean, his way of honoring those buried here in Pontiac.

Dating back to the 1800s, former governors, generals, and civil war heroes call this home.

So you could imagine his disgust, when he saw an historic mausoleum with the brick walls torn down. He claims there's no doubt it's the work of vandals - maybe someone tried to get in.

We're talking nearly $20,000 worth of damage here alone.

Keehn told us, "I'd like to see whoever did this get caught. There needs to be punishment for people like that."

The remains of two people are inside.

Oak Hill Cemetery is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Volunteers believe the vandals struck sometime between Saturday night and Monday morning.

We're told the Oakland County Sheriff's Office is aware of the incident. The agency will dedicate more patrols to the area.

Volunteers say they are always looking for more help and donations. If you want to help, they say head to