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Sheriff hopes to return grave marker of veteran

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SADIEVILLE, Ky. (WDKY) - One Good Samaritan happened on a stray grave marker in rural Sadieville that made them go to the sheriff’s office.

Once they saw the marker off David Road belonged to a veteran, they went straight to authorities.

His grave marker says Pvt. Howard Black served in the Army during World War I. Black was born June 6, 1896, and died Dec. 31, 1970 at the age of 74.

The Scott County Sheriff’s Office is trying to track down Black’s family. They believe that Black was from the Fayette or Franklin County area.

They don’t know where he is buried or why the marker ended up on the side of the road, but say how it got there isn’t the point. They say the point is that there is a veteran and family who deserve respect.

"We have several members of our agency who are prior military or current military – National Guard, that kind of thing – including myself. That makes it a big deal,” Captain Jearl Porter of the Scott County Sheriff’s Office said. “Someone who has gone through that, served their country and received this recognition. It needs to be in its proper place."

Officials are hoping to put that grave marker back in the right hands.

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