More than 32 years have passed since a group of strangers gathered in the corner of a small church cemetery to bury a woman none of them knew.
Thirteen people attended the funeral for the murder victim on what a Tuscaloosa News story described as a sunny December morning in 1980. Grave diggers dropped their shovels and acted as pallbearers. The county sheriff and two funeral home employees sat in the seats normally reserved for family.“Known in life, but unknown in death,” the Rev. W.D. Billups said during the prayer, according to the story. He prayed for the family “who didn’t know a member had died.”Officials now hope that they can find that family and let them know what happened to the woman, who was found stabbed to death and dumped on a dirt logging road in Vance.