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Marshall's Sister of Liberty statue stolen

Sunday, August 5, 2012 ~ Updated 12:11 PM

The pedestal and pole remain, but the Sister of Liberty statue that was first placed there in 1951 is missing.
(Eric Crump/Democrat-News)
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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.

Sister of Liberty statue in a night scene in November, 2011, when the newly refurbished statue was rededicated.
(Sarah Reed/Democrat-News)
Stubblefield said the statue would not have been easy to remove, and he estimated it might have taken four to six people to lift it over the pole atop its pedestal.

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.

Contact Eric Crump at ecrump@marshallnews.com

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Have they checked all video Cameras in the area,along Eastwood for a Wench Truck of any kind? Even around the square,down the main Streets? Any Video at all? Is there any Tire Track they could match to any Wreckers in Marshall? Trying too help,i loved that Statue!

-- Posted by Jo on Sun, Aug 12, 2012, at 9:51 PM

Just curious. Was it not bolted down? If it was bolted, did we not weld the ends so could not put big wrench on and unscrew it? The cemetary had two statues disappear a few years back and as I recall one was found for sale on ebay but never found the other one.

-- Posted by MyObservation on Tue, Aug 7, 2012, at 3:10 PM

Now this tees me off. To the Police Dept. Give the citizens a place to start and we will find it, and hopefully "them".

-- Posted by red dog on Sun, Aug 5, 2012, at 4:36 PM

Think of all the people who have been supporting "pranks" by students. Justifying what they did as harmless. Hopefully they will reflect upon this.

-- Posted by mu-grad on Sun, Aug 5, 2012, at 4:06 PM

Are you kidding me? What is wrong with people! I love that part of the park. I hope they catch the person, I'm sure they think its a big joke that they got away with it.

-- Posted by rebecca_long55 on Sun, Aug 5, 2012, at 4:00 PM

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