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Norwich police investigate cemetery theft

By Claire Bessette

Publication: TheDay.com

Published February 23. 2010 11:32AM   Updated February 23. 2010 5:18PM

Norwich – City police are investigating the theft of a landmark bronze statue at the Sarah Osgood grave in the historic Yantic Cemetery on Lafayette Street.

The statue of a life-size woman wearing a draping dress and veil is kneeling on Osgood's flat gravestone and appears to be looking at the inscription on her stone. "Asleep in Jesus Blessed Sleep," the inscription reads.

The statue was hollow, and bolts attaching it to the stone were broken. A pile of dirt and debris that had collected for the past century beneath the statue now sit on the stone in its place.

David Oat, local gravestone historian, said he received a call Monday from a frequent cemetery walker that the stone was missing. City police said it was reported missing on Friday. Norwich Police Detective Michael McVicker said he could not comment on details of the case, except to say that it is an open investigation.

Oat said another cemetery visitor told him the statue was there about two weeks earlier.

The statue was a prominent feature in a large circular plot containing Osgood family graves. A tall Egyptian style obelisk stands at the center of the circle. Sarah Larned Osgood was the wife of Charles Osgood. She died Sept. 4, 1881. Her husband, who died March 18, 1881, is buried next to her stone.

Anyone with information about the statue should contact Norwich police at 860-886-5561.

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