Buried Only To Be Exhumed A Year Later

By Max Resnik

February 5, 2011 Updated Feb 5, 2011 at 7:12 PM EDT

PIERCETON, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) – On Friday the Clutters were notified that Charlotte Clutter, affectionately known as “Sharky,” would have to be exhumed because her plot was sold eight years before her death.

It’s a mix up that no family ever anticipates or wants to endure. For Harv Clutter, who was Charlotte’s husband, it adds to an already tough year of grieving. Charlotte’s son Bill says, “It’s like re-opening a wound.” He has lost his mother, fiancé and a home to a fire in the last year.

Charlotte died December 10, 2009 of an apparent heart attack. Born and raised in Pierceton, it was her wish to be buried at Hillcrest Cemetery along side other family and friends. Now it appears, according to the Clutters, that her body will be exhumed in two days because the plots they paid for were sold to another buyer eight years ago.

Dean Rhoades, Washington Township Trustee, will make the final call on this dispute. Indiana’s NewsCenter reached out to Rhoades today for comment, but could not get a hold of him.

The Clutters say they paid cash for “Sharky’s” plot and others beside her. Now it appears it will be a fight to keep her there. She is expected to be removed Monday.

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