Family hopes to recover statue

9 years ago

  PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — Police are investigating a theft of a statue and other vandalism at the Fairmount Cemetery on the Houlton Road.

    Around noon on Sunday, Sept. 7, a man reported vandalism/theft to his wife’s headstone at the cemetery, located on the Houlton Road. According to the police log, he stated “a 30-pound moose was glued on the top of the headstone. The moose was stolen and the solar lights on other headstones were broken.”
The man indicated at least three other headstones appeared to be vandalized.
Officer Wayne Selfridge, of the Presque Isle Police Department, was assigned to investigate.
The family has also sought help, via Facebook, in recovering the statue.
Kelly Langley, daughter of Denise (Grenier) Hill, posted the following on her Facebook page: “This weekend my family discovered that someone had gone to Fairmount Cemetery and stole a bronze moose statue that sat upon my mother’s gravestone. It has been there for 16 years. It wasn’t just a statue to us. It was one of the last gestures and signs of love that we as a family could show to my mom, as she loved moose. I am not sure what the statue is worth to someone else, but I do know what it meant to us.”
“I am beyond devastated, violated and sick to my stomach. I beg everyone, if you know someone who has my mom’s statue, please tell them to bring it back — just bring it back,” wrote Langley.
Anyone with information on the theft/vandalism is asked to call the PIPD at 764-4476.