Less than a year after the north entrance to Indian Foothills Park received new landscaping and general rejuvenation, the star of the show has been abducted.
The Sister of Liberty, a rare miniature replica of the Statue of Liberty, was stolen during the night, according to Parks Department Director Jeff Stubblefield.
He reported that sometime between 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, when park safety officer Mark Henley made his last rounds, and about 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 5, when Stubblefield made his first rounds, the statue disappeared.
Tire tracks are evident on the south side of the statue and fountain display.
"She's out there somewhere," he said.
The statue, placed at the park entrance by local Boy Scout troops in 1951, was completely refurbished in 2011 by Beno Messer of Slater. The restoration was done with donations from the community.
He urged anyone with information related to the theft to contact Marshall Police Department at 660-886-7411.
A Marshall police spokesman said officers collected some evidence at the scene, but so far there are no suspects in the case.
Stubblefield said he hopes the theft was done by someone who meant it as a prank and that the perpetrators will quickly return the cherished statue.
He said he's already gotten pledges of money for a reward fund. Anyone who wishes to contribute to the fund should contact Stubblefield at the Parks Department office, 660-886-7128.
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