April 15, 2014
Frisco man charged in gravestone case
April 10, Dare Sheriff’s Investigator Doug Oberbeck charged the suspect
in the defacing of gravestones from a Frisco grave site.
with defacing a grave site, a misdemeanor, was Leland Eyre Haller Jr.,
59, of Frisco. He was charged on a criminal summons to appear in court
in lieu of being arrested.
The very old gravestones were
discovered broken in a dumpster at the Frisco Bathhouse on Highway 12
on March 21. With the help of local genealogists and other sleuths,
Oberbeck was able to determine that the two gravestones were originally
located in a small graveyard near Morris Lane, also in Frisco.
to a catalog of Dare County cemeteries, the stones belonged to Robert
B. Basnett (1831-1896) and Ulethe C. Fulcher (1872-1901), who was
apparently his daughter.
“The Dare County Sheriff’s Office wishes to
thank the Hatteras Island residents and others that were instrumental
in determining the original location of the gravestones,” according to
a news release from the office.
April 1, 2014UPDATE: Progress made in case of
gravestones found in Frisco dumpster
By IRENE NOLAN
Doug Oberbeck reports that the Dare County Sheriff’s Office is making
progress in solving the case of very old broken gravestones that were
found on Friday, March 21, in a dumpster at the Frisco Bathhouse.
stones came from two graves in Frisco. According to a catalog of Dare
County cemeteries, the stones belonged to Robert B. Basnett (1831-1896)
and Ulethe C. Fulcher (1872-1901), who was apparently his daughter.
said today that the site of the small cemetery has been located near
Morris Lane on the soundside of Highway 12 in Frisco.
cemetery is on private land, and Oberbeck says people he has
interviewed have said the two stones were in place just six months ago.
He says he expects the case to be wrapped up by the end of the week.