ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) — A passerby in St. Paul spotted something out of the ordinary on Wabasha Street last Sunday. He found a large, marble headstone hiding under a bush. Now police want to know where it came from and how it got there.

Police recovered the headstone on the 300 Block of Wabasha Street.

The headstone read “Marie Olsen – 1879 to 1932”. Police said it took two officers to lift the heavy stone.

“We’ve been in contact with Ramsey County trying to figure out if they have anybody in their record system that would match up with these dates,” said St. Paul police spokesman John Keating. “Initially we weren’t able to find anybody with that name or those dates.”

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People with genealogical expertise have contacted St. Paul Police to see how they can help.

“We have people with possible leads,” said Keating. “Our priority is getting the headstone back to its rightful place.”

Anyone with information is urged to call St. Paul Police at 651-266-5958.

Comments (20)
  1. brent says:

    Grama Olson was always a jokester

  2. Bill says:

    I hope no one is out steaging from graves. That would really be quite sad.

    1. Bill says:

      I misspelled stealing.

      1. markH says:

        Actually Bill, it’s worse than that; you mispelled “misspelled.”

        1. Bill says:

          Yes, I sure did. Not a good post, I guess.

          1. Looks Like Denzel says:


            definition mis·spell (-spel′)

            transitive verb, intransitive verb misspelled -·spelled′ or misspelt -·spelt′, misspelling -·spell′·ing

            w w w.your dictionary. co m/ misspelled
            to spell incorrectly

  3. Carrie Zombie-Killer Van Wert says:

    Maybe she is buried under the bush! Put the stone back!

    1. Patrick says:

      That’s what I was gonna say Carrie. The cops seemed to take for “granite” that the stone was moved. They were dead certain for some reason. The truth might very well stay buried on this one but I’m dieing to know more about this mystery. If the stone was moved however, I hope the guilty party faces stiff punishment or heavy fines.

  4. Le Moron says:

    Mrs Olsen always looking for a hot cup of Folgers coffee.

  5. Bart says:

    Put the name in the following people search and found one person listed with age of 131 from Detroit Lakes. Think I may have solved that one pretty easily.

  6. tom says:

    the real mystery is: who is buried in mrs. olsens grave?????

  7. J Olson says:

    Per Name: “Mrs. Marie Andrew Olsen”
    Death Date: 21 Nov 1932
    Death County: Ramsey
    State File Number: 025329
    Certificate Number: 025329
    Certificate Year: 1932
    Record Number: 630168

    1. D says:

      I found this from Ancestry for someone’s family tree.

      Marie Elizabeth Olsen
      B: 1 Dec 1879
      Sibley County, Minnesota, USA
      D: 19 Jan 1932
      Thief River Falls, Minnesota

      Hope a resting place is found.

  8. Megan Thomas says:

    I’m the “passerby and last time I checked I was still a “she”.

    The stone was actually right by the area where the cliff caved in on a local business a couple of months ago.

    1. Searching says:

      Good job Megan. I don’t know that area, but is it possible she was buried near the area you found the stone and the cave in and recent rains made the stone visible? I couldn’t find her on findagrave, so I am wondering if she may have been buried in a yard or favorite spot.

      1. Megan Thomas says:

        It really wasn’t under brush as the story suggests. It was fairly out in the open and clearly visible from the sidewalk. It was in the front corner edge of the fenced in area surrounding the rubble from the cliff slide a couple months ago. Really close to a part of the fence that could have been peeled back easily.

        It was also lying askew, so not planted in the ground at all. If you weren’t looking closely enough you might think it was part of the rubble but the stone does not look like it came sliding down the cliff with a ton of other materials.

      2. Megan Thomas says:

        I doubt she was buried there. It less than a foot or two down and you hit solid rock.

        1. Searching says:

          Thanks Megan. I posted this to some of my genealogy friends and none of us had any luck finding an exact match, either the years were wrong or Olsen was the maiden name. The stone could have come from any state, so I didn”t use a state in my searching. Did the stone have wear on it like it had been out in weather since 1932? Maybe it is a display model from a grave stone company. If it’s from a cemetery, I hope the yard keepers notice a stone missing when they are mowing. Really sad if this is an act of vandals. And thank you Megan for taking time out of your day to report this, if there really is a Marie Olsen, her family is proud of you and us that do genealogy are proud of you too.

  9. Doug J says:

    The headstone was “hiding?” It can’t hide forever, just wait until it sneaks out of the bushes and returns to where it came from. Follow it and the mystery will be solved.

  10. man says:

    Olsen, not Juan Hernanzez, or Muhammed Mugwart?

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