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Mystery: Black Cemetery’s Bodies Missing

There used to be between 300 and 400 bodies at a historic black cemetery in Deerfield Beach City, Fla. but as the city makes way for the site to become a housing development none of the bodies are anywhere to be found.

The Sun-Sentinel is reporting that while some former residents recall their friends and loved ones being buried there, studies done at the site — which dates back to the 19th century — have shown there to be no bodies there.

Pompano Beach resident Benjamin Miller had family and family friends buried there. Even though he now lives elsewhere, Miller, 83, was born and raised in Deerfield Beach and saw at least three funerals there when he was a child.

“I saw it with my own eyes, I am a living eyewitness,” he said. If bodies were moved, “they didn’t notify me, and they didn’t notify my mother and they didn’t notify my daddy. They were living, they were next of kin. Where did they put the bodies?”

There were plans to turn the land into housing back in 1974, but residents, furious, successfully stopped the development. The city mayor thinks the bodies were moved to another cemetery and two city studies done in 1986 and 2005 found no bodies at the site.

Read more about the mystery HERE.