Monday 1 August 2022 12:39 PM EIGHT graves dug up to find father in County Durham after family mourns at ... trends now

Monday 1 August 2022 12:39 PM EIGHT graves dug up to find father in County Durham after family mourns at ... trends now
Monday 1 August 2022 12:39 PM EIGHT graves dug up to find father in County Durham after family mourns at ... trends now

Monday 1 August 2022 12:39 PM EIGHT graves dug up to find father in County Durham after family mourns at ... trends now

EIGHT graves have now been dug up in bid to locate the final resting place of a father whose family have mourned at the WRONG headstone for 17 years Gravediggers told the family a stranger was buried under the headstone Thomas Bell's coffin has still not been found in the County Durham graveyard His wife, Hilda, died in June; her final wish was to be buried next to her husband Hilda's body is still at the funeral home six weeks after her death  

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A family began a desperate search for their father's body after they were told a stranger was buried under the headstone they mourned at for almost two decades. 

Brother Tom Bell, 58, and his sisters Denise, 59, and Debra, 53, received a call from gravediggers four weeks ago telling them someone else was buried in their father's grave. 

The siblings had mourned the loss of their father, Thomas Bell, at his headstone for 17 years following his death aged 63 in 2005 - and said the graveyard had 'bodies all in the wrong places', calling it 'a mess'.  

Tom, Denise and Debra lost their mother Hilda on June 19 - and her final wish was to be buried alongside her loving husband.

Thomas Bell (pictured right) died in 2005 aged 63. His family were told his body was not under the headstone they had mourned at for 17 years after the death of his wife Hilda (pictured left) and her final wish to be buried next to her husband

Thomas Bell (pictured right) died in 2005 aged 63. His family were told his body was not under the headstone they had mourned at for 17 years after the death of his wife Hilda (pictured left) and her final wish to be buried next to her husband

Son Tom Bell said it was 'absolutely awful' after gravediggers said his father's body was not in his grave. Eight graves have now been dug up to find the body. Pictured: Tom as the grave where the family thought their father was buried

Son Tom Bell said it was 'absolutely awful' after gravediggers said his father's body was not in

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