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Smithfield Woman Asks For Help In Recovering Stolen Statue

Posted May 20, 2005 7:04 a.m. EDT

— A Smithfield grandmother needs help to recover a missing statue.

Over the weekend, someone stole two concrete ornaments from the grave of Judy Sasser's 4-year-old grandson, Jack Langdon. Langdon died at the age of four from complications of a rare bone disease called osteopetrosis.

"Petro means stone. His bone marrow was turning to stone," she said. "This disease made him blind, so he would reach up and touch a person whenever he met them, so he endeared himself to almost everyone he came in contact with."

Sasser said a temporary memorial was placed at Sunset Gardens in Smithfield. She said the statue was at the grave Friday, but when she drove by Monday, it was gone. She scoured the city looking for it, but to no avail.

Sasser has a heartfelt message for the person responsible for removing the marker.

"If there's any way you could please return it, I would appreciate it greatly. It means a lot to me. It can't possibly mean as much to you," she said.

If you have any information on the crime, you are asked to call Smithfield police.