Mar 6, 2016 10:24 PM
NORTH HAMPTON - A North Hampton firefighter found a political sign placed on his daughter's grave, and now police are asking for the public's help as they search for the person responsible
Police are looking for whoever is responsible for placing a sign displaying the message "Stop the complex again! Vote no on 6 & 7" on a firefighter's daughter's gravesite Friday morning.
"Desecrating someone’s grave is something really awful," said Kathy Bates of Hampton. “Any issue that’s of political nature that should be separate."
Police say another sign was found in the same cemetery Saturday morning.
It bears the same political message as the sign that was found previously, both signs were made by the North Hampton Tax payers association, a group made up of locals who are concerned about the increasing tax rates in the town.
"Our taxes have gone up to between 60 to 70 percent and we don’t see a tremendous difference in the quality of the service the town provides" says Jim Weldon, a member of the association.
Weldon said he has no idea who has been placing these signs in Center Cemetery.
These signs can be seen all over town, and they reference two articles people will vote on in an election next week.
"They address the construction of new town buildings,” Weldon said.
The buildings include a new public safety building for police and fire. Investigators believe this is why a firefighter is being targeted. People who live nearby said he visits his daughter's grave every morning.
"He’s a very dedicated father,” Dorita Snowchretien said. “Someone’s making a political statement, and it’s really sad.”
Police say the second sign that was found was left on a burial plot owned by someone with family ties to the fire department. It's unclear if they were targeted.
Officials sent the first sign out to the lab for forensic testing and urged anyone with information to contact the North Hampton police department.
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