Memorial to Lost Children in Marco Island Cemetery, 489 West Elkcam Circle, Marco, Collier County, Florida.
In the early 1970s, less than 4,000 people lived on Marco Island. Many had left earlier in the century due to economic hardship and the Great Depression. Old Marco Cemetery, as it was called at the time, was all but abandoned, left to nature and the social outcasts who came there to drink and race dirt bikes and motorcycles along its trails.
On April 10, 1973, two teenage girls, Linda Walters and Lisa Nankevill, committed suicide near the cemetery. The incident shocked the tight-knit community, particularly because they seemed like typical American high school girls. Outrage by the senselessness of the act, local residents banded together to reclaim the cemetery.
Today, a loving memorial to lost children, featuring a cherubic angel with open arms, stands in the garden-like cemetery. The road running past the cemetery is heavily traveled, and many visitors come and go without ever knowing of the tragedy that took place there some 42 years ago.