MARSHALL, Mo. - It's been a few days since one of the city's parks has been without its signature statue. The city said someone stole it over the weekend.
The Sister of Liberty statue welcomed you to Indian Foothills Park. The statue has been there since 1951, when the local boy scouts bought her as a part of a celebration for the organization that year.
The problem is, no one has seen her since late Saturday night, and that is not sitting well with the community.
"It's a crying shame that someone would just stoop this low," Charlie Guthrie said.
Guthrie doesn't even live in Marshall. He said he's from Slater, just outside town, but grew up going to the park.
"It appears to me that part of all of us is missing right now," Guthrie said.
Parks and Recreation Department director Jeff Stubblefield said he thinks someone snatched the statue because it's made out of sheet copper. Stubblefield said he also thinks more than one person did it because it took a crew and a machine to get it mounted when they refurbished it last year.
"She's a little over seven-feet tall from the top of the torch to the base and she weighed over 300 pounds," Stubblefield said.
Stubblefield says the community is so upset, an anonymous donor has given $5,000 towards a reward. He said Wood and Huston Bank and Community Bank donated $500 each, and people in town are offering small donations to help bring Sister of Liberty back.
"Sometimes the crisis brings out the good things in people and the people are really behind this," Stubblefield said.
He said his department has also told other neighboring cities that have similar statues, to be on the lookout for thieves.
If you have any information about this case, you're asked to call the Marshall Police Department at (660) 886-7411.
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