Police say coffin was unopened

Updated: October 14, 2004, 7:55 PM ET
Reuters

BERLIN -- The grave of the mother of Formula One drivers Michael and Ralf Schumacher has been desecrated, authorities said on Thursday.

The grave was dug open in the Kerpen-Manheim cemetery on Wednesday night, said police in the western town of Kerpen, Germany.

They said the coffin had not been opened.

Elisabeth Schumacher died in April 2003 at the age of 55.

In April, Germany's Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper reported that Manheim, the village on the edge of Kerpen where the brothers grew up, would be demolished to make way for an open-cast coal mine and that its 1,700 residents would have to be moved along with its graveyard.