WFPD needs help finding stolen memorial statue

FRESH 48: Stolen Landavazo memorial statue

WICHITA FALLS, Texas (TNN) - The Wichita Falls Police Department needs help finding the Landavazo Memorial horse statue.

The statue “Forever” was stolen from McNiel Jr. High School sometime late Wednesday night or early Thursday morning.

“That is shocking and is shocking to hear,” said Vern Landavazo, father of Lauren Landavazo. “It is disheartening to think that knowing the story behind that.”

The horse was reportedly last seen Thursday morning around 4:45 a.m. in the bed of a truck.

According to officers, a tip came in saying the horse was in the bed of a black pick-up truck taking the 281 exit off of Central Freeway East to Henry S Grace Freeway towards Jacksboro.

The tip reports a white male was in the bed of the truck holding the horse.

“My hope is this is not kids,” said Vern Landavazo. "I hope it’s not kids that do this because there is a lot of anger directed at whoever did this. I do not want it to be kids. "

“There is a lot of feeling and a lot of meaning behind this one," said Brian Bohn, coordinator for Crime Stoppers Wichita Falls. “Not only the family but the community wants to see this returned.”

If you have any information about this crime, call Crime Stoppers at (940) 322-9888.

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