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Police: How did woman's tombstone end up in parking lot?

Kansas City police are investigating how a tombstone came to be abandoned in a parking lot at 4126 Troost Avenue.

Workers were cleaning brush and trash from the lot behind an apartment building Wednesday afternoon when they found the gray marble tombstone for Lottie Linch, who was born in 1890 and died in 1966. It also had the word "mother" on it.

Police checked genealogical websites and determined Linch's maiden name was Stone and that her daughter and husband had since died. Police believe Linch and her husband were buried in a cemetery in Camden County where the tombstone may have been placed originally. Police think relatives may have ordered a new, joint tombstone after Linch’s husband died, which means the one found today no longer was needed.

They are asking the public to call if they have information about the tombstone.

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