Historic North Hills resident's missing grave marker found

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A grave marker for a historic North Hills resident thought to have been stolen this week has been located, and Ross police said today there was no theft.

In a press release, police said Heartland Homes real estate community has "an arrangement with an involved party who has stored the stone for safekeeping."

It will be returned, police said, "once it is safe to do so."

Ross police referred further questions to Heartland Homes, which directed media to the land's developer, Dan Caste. He did not immediately return a message.

Casper Reel was the first permanent settler in West View after he was given 1.1 square miles of land in exchange for his service in the Revolutionary War, John Schalcosky, president of the Ross and West View historical societies, said.

He was also the first tax collector in Allegheny County.

He died in 1824.

The grave site is in the middle of the Highland Country Club's golf course, which Mr. Schalcosky said had been bought by a developer.

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Molly Born: mborn@post-gazette.com, 412-263-1944 and on Twitter: @borntolede.


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