Police Search Dam For Missing Statue Of Drowned Boy
UPDATE: A police search of the Mount Morgan dam has failed to locate the missing memorial statue for six-year-old Jared Bannah.
Police divers searched the Mount Morgan dam where the young boy drowned in 2015, after a statue erected in the six-year-old's honour was stolen from a local park.
Queensland police said the decision to search "areas of interest" in the dam comes after it received "valuable information" from the community, following the launch of a public appeal to locate the statue.
But on Tuesday afternoon police said the dive search had failed to locate the statue.
"Local SES will commence a search of bush land surrounding the dam at 4.30pm tomorrow," Queensland Police said in a statement.
The theft of the one-metre statue-- which was paid for by the Rockhampton community, left the family of six-year-old Jared heartbroken.
"Its just been really sad for a number of people in the community," Jared's father. Andrew told reporters last week.
"Jared had young friends and they are all missing the statute as well".
Tereasa Bannah, Jared's mother, said it was a "cowardly" and "thoughtless" act.
Police have also been left baffled by the theft, which is believed to have occurred sometime between November 30 and December 2 last year.
Sergeant Ricky Zimatat slammed the theft as "disgraceful" and said he wondered how those responsible could sleep at night.
Less than a week after the public appeal was launched police divers searched for the 20-kilogram statue -- a resin cast of a child painted bronze -- in the dam's waterway.
“We’ve received a number of possible leads as to where the memorial may be located, however at this stage we are concentrating on the dam,” Zimitat said.
“There has been an overwhelming amount of community support for Jared’s family, including offers of financial assistance to have a new statue made."
Police have also warned community members not to conduct their own searched of the dam for safety reasons and are continuing to urge anyone with information as to the whereabouts of the statue to come forward.
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