Hours after media outlets reported that Mercy’s 5,200-pound steel cross was missing from a metro sign shop it was found, a hospital official said.
After it was found Wednesday evening, Josh Tucker, Mercy Hospital Logan County administrator, issued the following statement, “We’re thrilled to confirm the cross has been found in one piece at an Oklahoma City scrapyard. We're so thankful we can return the cross to the community that loves it so much. Thank you to the honest Oklahomans who helped us bring our cross home.”
The cross was found at West Recycling in Oklahoma City. Mercy is not releasing the name of the sign shop.
The Edmond Sun previously reported that several weeks ago it was removed from Logan County Memorial Hospital, 602 E. College, so it could be refinished and installed at the new hospital.
The 5,200-pound cross was transported to a sign shop in south Oklahoma City to be restored to its original state. It had become rusty and needed to have lights and supports repaired. The goal was to install it at Mercy Hospital Logan County by the end of the summer.
Tucker said the cross went missing July 14.
Edmond attorney John Coury donated the cross to Mercy Hospital Logan County, 200 S. Academy. Sentimental value far outweighed the value of the steel used to make the cross, which would have brought only a couple of hundred dollars as scrap metal.
A suspect or suspects wanted in the theft have not been found. Managers at the Oklahoma City sign shop believed it was stolen, according to Mercy. Anyone with information regarding the theft of the cross is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-632-TIPS or text them at 415-5666. Crime tips can also be reported anonymously at www.okccrimetips.com.
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