The vault was thoroughly inspected for cracks in the walls, floor, ceiling, or hidden entrances, but the structure proved as solid as it ever was. On July 7th 1819 the tomb was reopened and this time the newly appointed and popular governor of Barbados, Sir Stapleton Cotton, Viscount Combermere was on hand to witness the opening. The heavy marble door slab was broken from its mortar seal and moved away by four workers and the interior was a jumbled mess of coffins once again.
On April 18th 1820 an investigation was done by the Governor, Lord Combermere and other dignitaries, but still the mystery has not been solved. The Chase Vault was immediately emptied and its occupants given separate burials elsewhere in the cemetery. Today it sits empty, dead, and at last, quiet.
Many theories have been put forward as to what caused the coffins to move around including vandals, gas, floods, earthquake, magnetic and supernatural causes. Some said it was the restless spirits of the Chase family who took their family feuds to the grave.
It was also believed that the family turmoil which was caused by one of the General's sons marrying a catholic woman into a protestant family, was transferred to the great beyond. Later, it was then decided that the body of the Catholic woman should be buried somewhere else. Others have claimed the tension was actually between Mrs. Thomasina Goddard, the first occupant of the Vault, and the Chases who were later interred there.