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Utah County Sheriff’s Office seeking owners of three sculptures

By Karissa Neely daily Herald - | Aug 14, 2017

The Utah County Sheriff’s Office is asking for help locating the owners of three valuable bronze sculptures.

According to a press release, deputies with the Utah County Sheriff’s Office spoke to a man whose son found three bronze sculptures in 2015 while looking for deer antlers near Cedar Fort. The sculptures, depicting young children engaged in various activities, were covered by sagebrush and appeared to have been there for quite some time.

One of the sculptures depicts a young child happily riding on a large snail, and is a bronze cast by a well-known local artist. Each sculpture is numbered, between 2- and 3-feet tall, and valued at about $5,000 each. The sheriff’s office released a picture of one of the sculptures, hoping its owner will recognize it.

Sgt. Spencer Cannon, public information officer with the Utah County Sheriff’s Office, said those are the only details being released at this time because officials want to find the true owner of the sculptures.

“We worry if we give out too many details, or release the artist’s name or pictures of the other sculptures, that someone will come in and give us a convincing story claiming them, when in fact they are not theirs,” Cannon said.

Cannon said the artist has been unable to determine to whom they were sold.

Though the sculptures were found two years ago, this is the first the public is hearing about them.

When asked about the delay, Cannon said, “Somebody dropped the ball. A report was not done at the time they were found. But we figure it’s better late than never.”

Anyone who may have information that could help in identifying the owner is asked to call the Utah County Sheriff’s Office at (801) 851-4010.

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