DARIEN — Police are investigating raw sewage illegally dumped behind a mausoleum at St. John’s Cemetery.

Around May 20, a visitor at the cemetery smelled a strong, foul odor coming from behind a mausoleum near the river that runs along the west side of the property. The cemetery manager found someone had dumped a large amount of raw sewage on the river bank sometime during the week before.

On May 23, officers went to inspect the scene at the Camp Avenue land. They found truck tire marks 15 feet from the sewage, meaning a septic tank had likely been hauled there and a hose had been used to dispel the sewage.

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The Noroton Heights Fire Department responded and put down hazmat absorbent material to prevent the waste from further polluting the water. The fire department also notified the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection to tell them of the spill.

Anyone with potential information on this incident can contact the police department at 203-662-5300.

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