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Deputy finds stolen cancer statue

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A file photo of the statue. A file photo of the statue.
RICHLAND COUNTY, SC (WIS) -

A deputy patrolling Lower Richland County has found a statue of a cancer victim stolen from a Columbia park in 2012.

The unidentified Richland County deputy discovered the bronze statue in the woods near Barnes and Childs Streets on Monday, according to a news release from the department.

The statue, which was part of a cancer memorial at Maxcy Gregg Park, was stolen in November, 2012. The sculpture depicted a family moving through the journey of a cancer diagnosis and treatment.

Vandals did such a number on the monument, city workers had to take down the man and baby in 2013.

At that time, a spokesman for the city's Parks and Recreation Department estimated the replacement cost of the missing statue to be around $5,000.

The Columbia Police Department was contacted to meet deputies at the scene to take possession of the statue.

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