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Teen Arrested With Dead Civil War Officer’s Bones

March 4, 1988

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) _ A teen-ager was jailed Friday after police found at his home the remains of Confederate Army Major John David Walker, who has been dead for 125 years.

Police Detective T.W. Carr said Walker’s remains were stolen last year from a private cemetery near Augusta College.

James Bruce Meyer, 17, of Augusta, was arrested Thursday night on a felony charge of wanton desecration of a grave, officials said. Police recovered Walker’s skull and pelvis, assorted other bones and the handles from his casket at Meyer’s home.

A relative of the dead soldier, 61-year-old Adele Shearer, had reported to police last October that his remains had been stolen.

Meyer was being held on bond Friday at the Augusta-Richmond County Law Enforcement Center, and the investigation was continuing.

Walker was killed in the second Battle of Bull Run on Aug. 30, 1862.

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