Mom finds son in pauper’s grave

Mom finds son in pauper's grave (Image 1)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – In a graveyard filled with those who died with no money and sometimes no family, he died with even less.

His gravestone simply read, “John (19) Doe.”

He was the 19th unidentified man buried in the Bordeaux Cemetery. He lies in plot #555, a grave overlooking the Whites Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant. And around him lie 1,001 others who died penniless and, in some cases, unmourned.

According to a story by The Tennesseean, Sylvia Nolan recently found out that one of them is her son.

His story spans 15 years of heartache, loss and mystery – one in which the answers lay just 3 miles away from her home in an anonymous grave.

Today, thanks to DNA testing, we know his name was LeRyan Nicholson.

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