Missing Franklin College statue found no worse for wear

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FRANKLIN, Ind. (Feb. 2, 2016) – A bronze statue that disappeared from Franklin College last week has been returned unharmed, the college said Tuesday.

The statue of “Ruff and Tuff” was reported missing Friday morning; police believe it was taken between late Thursday night and Friday morning. A grounds crew worker noticed the statue was gone and reported it missing. A trustee had donated the piece in memory of her husband, an athlete and professor at the college. The statue also commemorated the opening of Grizzly Park.

Around 1:15 a.m. Tuesday, Franklin College security staff found the statue lying near the gates to Grizzly Park off Greensburg Road. The statue appeared no worse for wear, according to the college.

Franklin College President Thomas J. Minar thanked local police and media for sharing the story about the missing statue, saying he believed that spreading the word likely led to its safe return.

There are no suspects in connection with the case, however. Anyone with information should contact the Franklin Police Department at (317) 736-3670, their tip line at (317) 346-1100 or the Franklin College Security Department at (317) 738-8888.