Equusearch finds lost babies' graves

Search, recovery team gets unique request from Robert Rudasill

Author: David Sears, Reporter, dsears@ksat.com
Published On: Dec 19 2012 07:15:34 PM CST   Updated On: Dec 19 2012 08:23:22 PM CST
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LYTLE, Texas -

When Equusearch gets a phone call, it is usually to locate a missing person.

But on Monday, the search and recovery team got a different kind of request.

82-year-old Robert Rudasill of Houston asked Equusearch to locate the graves of his two babies buried at the Lytle Community Cemetery.

"It's something we have never been called on before," said Equusearch director Tim Miller .

Rudasill's daughter was born in 1958 and died a few hours after birth. Two years later, his son, Odis Wayne, was born. He also passed away the same day he was born.

Rudasill buried the two babies without headstones since he couldn't afford them.

A couple of years ago, his wife passed away. Her dying wish was to put a headstone on the unmarked graves.

But there was a problem.

Rudasill found out that the plots where his babies were buried were sold, and since there was no headstone and no records, he was going to have trouble locating them.

Rudasill traveled from his home in Houston to mark where he remembered the graves were with wooden crosses. The owners of the cemetery, the United Methodist Church, took action.

"We cleared (the area). If his kids are there, we can get them marked and give that back to his family," said Glenn Norton, president of the Board of the United Methodist Church in Lytle.

Then Equusearch took over.

Miller called on Glenn Zabrowski and his ground-penetrating radar machine. The 5-year veteran rolled the machine across several yards and in less than 10 minutes Zabrowski located the two tiny caskets.

"Ninety nine point nine percent confident," Zabrowski said of his discovery. He located the graves just a few feet from where Rudisall thought they were.

"Glad we could be a part of changing someone's life," Miller said. "It just really touched my heart."

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