by: Dave Huddleston Updated:
FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. - The Forsyth County Parks and Recreation Services division said a 6-foot-tall, 400-pound bronze Bald Eagle statue disappeared Aug. 27.
It was taken from its foundation at the trail head at Big Creek Greenway Recreation Trail.
When people noticed the statue was missing they couldn't believe it.
"Oh my God!" was Kelly Sisario's reaction when hearing the news.
She said she was on the trail about a month ago.
"It's sad when people can't appreciate what they have and they have to ruin and trash things," Sisario said.
Forsyth County officials said a grant paid for the statue that was installed in April.
Cumming's Tim Kellergher said the bald eagle with its 8 foot wingspan made the park special.
"It was a pretty cool looking statue that made this place a little more unique than perhaps other parks," Kellergher said.
Mary Ann Mallon, also from Cumming, said it was more than just special.
"Whether they're jogging or walking their dog like I am, it symbolizes a lot of freedom to me," Mallon said.
Officials said they fear this wasn't just a prank and that someone is going to cut it up and sell the medal for scrap.
"It's very disappointing," Joe Bettez from Forsyth County said.
Bettez frequents the park and said many people would use the Bald Eagle statue as a meeting place before or after heading out on the trails.
"A lot of people gather around the statue. It was such a nice feature for the park," Bettez said.
The Forsyth County Sheriff's Office is leading the investigation.
Anyone with information about the statue's whereabouts, is asked to call the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office at 770-781-3047.