Michelle Obama's Father Not Buried at Cemetery Charged With Digging Up Bodies

After initially saying that Michelle Obama's father is buried at Burr Oak Cemetery, the first lady's office now says he is not buried at the historic Chicago cemetery where workers are accused of digging up the dead, discarding bodies, and in some cases, reselling burial plots.

"There has been some confusion that has been cleared up. Fraser Robinson III was buried at Lincoln Cemetery, not Burr Oak," said Mrs. Obama's Communications Director Camille Johnston. "I do not know where her grandfather was buried, but I do not believe he is at Burr Oak either."

The first lady's office earlier said that Mrs. Obama's father, Fraser Robinson, who passed away in 1991, is buried at the Burr Oak Cemetery.

"I can confirm that Mr. Robinson is buried at Burr Oak Cemetery but we will have no further comment on the matter," Johnston said initially.

More than 300 caskets at the cemetery were part of a money-making scheme orchestrated by four cemetery employees who, for more than four years, dug up bodies and dumped them in the weeds so the plots in the historic Chicago graveyard could be resold. The workers may have made as much as $300,000 off their scheme, according to police.

The graveyard is now officially a crime scene, and it remains closed because of the criminal investigation.

Families Sue Cemetery Charged With Digging Up Bodies

Civil rights icon Emmett Till was one of the dead whose casket was nearly ruined. His family said they are outraged.

"I did view the casket and it is appalling to see how much it has decayed," said Ollie Gordon, a cousin of Till's and a heir to the estate.

Till, whose body was interred in the Burr Oak Cemetery, was exhumed in 2005. He was reburied in a different casket, but the original one was supposed to have been preserved by the cemetery.

Instead, Hart said Till's coffin was found "rusted and filled with wildlife in a dilapidated garage," according to ABC News' Chicago affiliate WLS.

The grave site where Till was reburied has not been disturbed, Hart said.

Till became a rallying point for the civil rights movement when he was brutally murdered at the age of 14 for allegedly whistling at a white woman in a Mississippi store.

Gordon, who said that family plans to move Till's original casket and have it restored "as much as possible," said that she had spoken frequently to Carolyn Towns, 49, the woman who is now suspected to be the ring-leader of the devastating scam.

"I worked and spoke with Miss Towns several times to make sure everything was in order," said Gordon. "It's [the casket] part of history. It's part of trying to put our family member to rest. When will Emmett finally be allowed to rest?"

"How could anybody allow this to happen to something that is so pertinent to history," said Gordon. "How can you disregard the family in such a way?"

In addition to not taking care of his original coffin, Hart said Towns set up a faux memorial fund for Till.

"[Towns] had also set up an Emmett Till Memorial Fund where she took money from that and apparently pocketed that money," said Cook County Sheriff Tom Hart.

He did not specify how much money had been collected before Town's arrest Thursday.

The Rev. Jesse Jackson has urged families who are planning to bury their loved ones at the famed cemetery to boycott the grave site.

"This cemetery, it is not a secure place," said Jackson.

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