Thursday, April 24, 2008

Finding Pratt's remains

Descendants of an early Mormon leader who was killed in Arkansas 151 years ago say archaeologists found no "identifiable human remains" when they dug up his grave in an attempt to move his remains to Utah.

The descendants feel certain, however, that they located the grave where Parley Parker Pratt was buried after the estranged husband of the woman Pratt took as his 12th wife killed him. The four-day dig that ended Tuesday was intended to carry out Pratt's dying wish to be buried in Utah.

"We were digging in his grave but Parley's remains are now part of the soil of Arkansas," family spokesman Robert J. Grow said Wednesday. The Salt Lake City man, who attended the dig, said the family has done everything humanly possible to honor Pratt's request....

Pratt's descendants include former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. The former Massachusetts governor is Pratt's great-great-grandson.

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