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Wichita’s Louie the Clown recovered at sex offender’s home after 10 years missing

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Wichita Police Dept. news conference

WICHITA, Kan. — The Wichita Police Department held a news conference Thursday to announce the retrieval of Louie the Clown, mascot of the now-closed Joyland Amusement Park.

Louie disappeared from the Joyland property in 2005 or 2006, but an official report wasn’t filed until 2010.

Wichita Police Department Detective Matt Lang said a phone tip led to the discovery of Louie at the home of a sex offender who used to work at the park.

From: Wichita Police Dept.

From: Wichita Police Dept.

Damian Mayes, 39,  is serving a prison sentence for a 2010 conviction for aggravated indecent liberties with a child and aggravated criminal sodomy. Mayes used to build and repair organs at the park. Louie the Clown was renowned for playing the organ for Joyland guests until the park closed in 2004. (See YouTube video below.)