TC Roberts and other attorneys with the Law Offices of John Phillips are now helping several families look into the problems apparently caused by the past owners.
"I think there is some sort of wrongdoing here," Roberts said. "If they knew that they were putting bodies in a place that they shouldn't be, knowing that possibly they have to be exhumed and placed somewhere else, there is some wrong there, absolutely."
McCrimager isn't happy about the move but hopes some day soon her son's body will have a peaceful resting place.
"In a garden like the rest of it," she said. "I don't want to see my son in the road."
A state agency that regulates cemeteries and funeral homes is looking into the claims.
According to the state, the previous owner was a nonprofit that was not licensed by the state. Its status as a nonprofit did not require licensure. The new owner, however, is licensed.
As a licensed cemetery, the cemetery is subject to the laws and regulations as set forth in Chapter 497 and applicable rules; as would any other licensed cemetery in Florida, the state said.
Harold Rollinson said Southside Christian Charities owned the cemetery until October 2013, when it changed hands as part of a settlement between him and the owner before him. He said as a nonprofit organization, it didn't have to follow state code. He also said the families whose loved ones were buried in the road knew it was a former road.
Anthony Allen told Channel 4 on Friday the news that 2,000 bodies would have to be exhumed after the allegations of improper burial doesn't sit well with him.
"You'd expect them to have more dignity than just put people in the road," said Allen.
Allen said his mother was buried in the cemetery back in the 1980s, at that time he said Restlawn was a "nice resting place." Allen said his mother's grave is not one that is supposed to be exhumed, but that he's shocked at the current condition of the cemetery.
"My reaction was, 'Wow, I couldn't believe it,' for that to be a cemetery because there's a lot of dignified people buried out there, and it's just hard to believe," said Allen.
Allen said the cemetery is in such bad shape that he's not even able to drive to his mother's grave.
"The upkeep and then to deal with the road, I mean you can't even drive to the back to the cemetery. I had to park my car up front and walk all the way to the back of the cemetery," said Allen.
Now that Restlawn is back in the spotlight, Allen said he expects to see changes, but he said if changes are not made and the cemetery's condition does not improve, he'll start making plans to move his mother's resting spot.
"I was told by one of the reps the other day they're going to have some changes by March, and I told them I would be out there in March and see," said Allen. "If not, then I will take my loved one from out of there."
Riposta said he hopes to have all the exhumations complete within the next year or two.