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Couple Finds Two Tombstones at Venetian Shores

Police are asking anyone with information about the headstones that were discovered at the beach in Lindenhurst to call them, according to a published report.

A Huntington couple came across a pair of headstones on a walk along the Great South Bay in Lindenhurst.

According to a report on News12 Long Island/News12.com, Bobby and Susan Yonkes, of Huntington, found the headstones seemingly washed up on the beach at Venetian Shores.

The report said one headstone has the name Anna Starr inscribed on it, and she was described on the headstone as a beloved mother and devoted grandmother and apparently died in May 1972.

The other stone, the report said, simply says Lillian with no last name, only indicating she was born in 1901 and passed away in December 1973.

It's unclear where the headstones came from and how they ended up on the beach, the report said, Suffolk Police are asking anyone with information to call them.

To read and see the full report on News12.com (with subscription), click here. 


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Linda February 04, 2013 at 09:26 PM
I saw 2 tombstones along the Venetian Shores Beach shoreline next to the boat ramp back in the late 1980's. I believe that these were headstones may have been rejected for flaws or they were never paid for, and the engraving headstone company may have brought them to the landfill & they where these were used along with other concrete demolition materials for beach erosion purposes.
majortom1981 February 04, 2013 at 11:09 PM
As somebody who lived in Lindenhurst and my parents still do these tombstones have always been there. Like Linda said they have always been there next to the boat ramp in the water.
Linda February 05, 2013 at 01:45 PM
I called the First Precinct, and the desk Sargeant knew nothing about the story. He asked around and no one in the First Precinct had heard of this story. I asked the P.O. why would someone vandal a cemetery, and dump a headstone into the Great South Bay, and he agreed. I was asked to leave my phone which I did. If they did their job right, they called the TOB & found out why it was there. The TOB must know the story. I'm sure concrete and stone is not picked up, and has a special collection site with a dump fee. The town uses concrete and stone for erosion control. I would like to think that Anna Starr & Lillian LOVED this beach - their rejected head stones were recycled for stone carving flaws, and inadvertently ended up at Venetian Shores Beach with Anna & Lillian's memories etched in stone at a place where their loved spending summers. :-)
Lindy native March 18, 2013 at 10:19 AM
I too lived in Lindenhurst my entire life and it is correct that these headstones were used for corrosion control two decades ago. Nothing to be concerned with or to be bothering the police about.


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