Statue Missing from National Frontier Trails Museum

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. (AP) – Independence police are looking for the people who stole a 6-foot statue from the National Frontier Trails Museum during the weekend.

The Pioneer Woman statue was discovered missing from the museum on Monday.

Independence officials say the statue likely weighed more than 1,000 pounds.

The Independence Examiner reports a $5,000 reward is being offered for the return of the statue intact. Another $1,000 is being offered for information leading to an arrest in the case.

The statue was dedicated in March 1990. City Manager Robert Heacock said it cost the city $30,000 to $40,000.

“Pioneer Woman” carries a large bucket in her right hand and cradles an infant in her left arm. Most of the statue is in blue tint, with the bucket and the faces bronze.

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