JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A First Coast veteran dying of cancer determined to find the answer to a more than 20-year-old mystery finally received some answers Sunday.
Years ago, a heavy reminder of one woman's life and death showed up right outside Earnest Luttrell's door and time to return it to its rightful owner was ticking away.
"It's stuck with me and stuck with me," he said. "No answers whatsoever."
It's a headstone for a Mattie L. Metcalf, born June 8, 1872, died; October 19, 1930.
The square, heavy piece of marble has troubled Luttrell for two decades. "Just about every day or every other day, I think about that headstone," said Luttrell. "There's somebody out there that deserves a headstone that doesn't have it."
The gravestone was left by some mischievous teenagers back when Free Avenue was a dirt and sandy road, he said. "Walking down the road...(they) just threw it down," said Luttrell.