Burial clothes scattered after body dug up and removed from Tongan cemetery

Police have been called in after a body was seemingly removed from a cemetery in Tonga.

An open grave in a Tongan cemetary

Local man Toutai 'Ulupano made the discovery when he went to the cemetery in the village of Popua to clean up his parents' grave.

He told TNews the unidentified grave was open and burial clothes were scattered at the side of it.

He said there have been similar incidents at the cemetery before and it's thought to be the result of people believing that spirits of the dead are harming members of their family.