Woman gets dying wish as graves of children found 50 years after burial in Lytle

Graves were unmarked for decades; EquuSearch assisted finding children

LYTLE, Texas - After more than a half a century, a Korean veteran is finally getting to fulfill the wish of his dying wife.

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Robert Rudasill's wife, Betty, wanted headstones to mark the graves of their children and on Wednesday Rudasill, came one step closer to fulfilling her wish.

On Wednesday, he got a call from EquuSearch, a group usually called upon to find missing persons, confirming that the graves of his two babies, buried over 50 years ago, were found.

"Man it feels great," said Rudasill. "How would I have ever found them? How would I have ever known?"

There were no head stones to mark them and no records of their burials. After Rudasill found out that the plots in Lytle, where he was sure his two babies were buried, were recently sold, he said knew he had to do something.

"They weren't marked," said Rudasill. "Nobody knew. That's when I started looking for someway to find out for sure were they were."

Last Friday, Rudasill drove from his home in Houston back to Lytle to mark the graves with two wooden crosses.

One for his daughter, Roxanne Lynn, who was born in 1958 and died the same day, the other for his son, Odis Wayne, who was born in 1960, and also died on the same day he was born.

"The doctor just stuck his head in the room and said, "I'm sorry to tell you this, but your baby just passed away."

At the time, Rudasill didn't have the funds for headstones. So, his wife's dying wish a couple of years ago, was for headstones to be placed at the graves.

On Wednesday, EquuSearch, with the help of ground penetrating radar, not only confirmed where the two caskets were, the group is also marking them with head stones, granting Rudasill's wife dying wish.

"It just really touched my heart, " said Tim Miller with EquuSearch, who took the call from Rudasill, asking for help.

Miller said his goal is to have the headstones placed on the babies' graves before Christmas.

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