Durham museum's dinosaur head located
Posted June 3, 2009
Durham, N.C. — The head of a brontosaurus model from the Museum of Life and Science was located Wednesday, two days after nearby residents discovered the model had been vandalized.
Police said the head was found undamaged off Preston Andrews Road in northern Durham County. The culprits apparently used an ax to cut off the head, police said.
No charges have been filed in the case, which police said appeared to be a prank.
"I don't think it is in anybody's interest to pursue charges," said Julie Rigby, the museum's vice president for external relations.
Museum officials might push for the culprits to perform some "educational" community service, Rigby said.
The brontosaurus was part of the museum’s old Dinosaur Trail, which opened in 1967. The museum plans to open a new Dinosaur Trail sometime this summer.
On Monday, nearby residents found a portion of the model's neck on the ground and saw that the head was missing, officials said.