ULSTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- The final resting place for hundreds of people was disturbed by a senseless act Wednesday morning.
"It actually looks like an earthquake or a heavy wind came through and just knocked them," said Paul Hansut, Town of Llyod Supervisor.
But, in fact, all 136 tombstones in the Highland Cemetery were vandalized.
"When I pulled in and saw this, I was sick to my stomach," said Hansut, whose father-in-law's headstone was pushed over.
As cemetery workers look to fix the mess, police are now looking for a suspect or suspects. They said there must have been more than one person involved, because each tombstone weighs between a few hundred to a thousand pounds.
"We're obviously going to do interviews and canvas, meaning that we're going to go from neighbor to neighbor, hopefully somebody saw something and we'll expand out from there," said Daniel Waage, Town of Lloyd Police Chief.
Other than knocking down tombstones, the suspects even took some of the American flags perched next to the headstones and snapped them in half.
"This, to me, is horrendous. It's the only thing I can say. It's horrendous," said Elaine Hanson, a local resident.
A horrendous act, in which the community is now looking for answers.
"My comment to them, if they're watching, we will catch you and we will prosecute you," said Hansut.