Reward offered for return of graveside bench


June 13th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Businesses and individuals from Atlantic to Red Oak have banded together to offer a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the theft of a three-piece concrete garden bench that sat next to the grave of a woman who died in a rollover accident in August, 2011. Patty Amos suffered the loss of her 21-year old daughter Kayleen in the crash. She said the bench located at the Whipple Cemetery northwest of Griswold, was a gift to her family from a cousin. She says the family visits the cemetery frequently, and uses the bench when they visit Kayleen’s grave. Patty says her second daughter discovered the bench was missing when she went there to put roses on the grave, on the date of the Griswold Junior Prom on April 28th.

She says they’ve narrowed down the dates of the theft from April 23rd to the 28th. Patty says she has no idea why anyone would steal the nearly 100-pound three-piece garden bench, or how they would know it was there, because of the remote location. The bench has three separate concrete legs and a curved seat which sits on top of them. Patty says her brother-in-law put a protective coating on the bench to seal it from the elements. There’s also an inscription engraved into the bench. The verse was similar to an Eskimo proverb that says “The stars in the sky are like openings in heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon to let us know they are happy.”

If you have any information which may lead to the return of the stolen bench, please call the Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office at 712-328-2200. Patty says letters have been written to many areas news papers and other media have been contacted, but so far there’s been no luck in getting the graveside bench returned to the family, so they hope by spreading the word even further, someone will step forward with information that leads to its return.