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Precious statue missing from a cemetery in Kamloops

A bronze statue of a little girl that has gone missing from a gravesite in Kamloops.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/ Tod Catchpole
August 07, 2021 - 2:59 PM

A Surrey man has recently discovered that something valuable has gone missing from his mother's gravesite in Kamloops.

Tod Catchpole said he had placed a small statue on the site — one his mother had held onto for decades in memory of her daughter who died of cystic fibrosis at the age of 10.

The bronze statue stands about 18 inches tall and is in the shape of a little girl.

"My mother called the statue Jody after my late little sister," Catchpole said. "It was one of the first things you would see when you walked into her house. She held onto the statue for so many years. It was so important to her."

Catchpole said after his mother passed away in January of this year, his family had a ceremony at the site at Hillside Cemetery. He said he was allowed to put some of her ashes into his dad's plot beside it, and his eldest daughter placed the statue.

"We had a little ceremony and a glass of wine because Mom loved her wine," he recalled. "I broke down when my daughter put the statue there because suddenly my deceased sister and parents were all together."

Catchpole said he talked to staff at Hillside Cemetery who looked for the statue twice but didn't find it.

"They told me sometimes people wander through so our best guess is that a stranger picked it up," he said. "Someone else wouldn't see the significance of a little statue. I regret leaving it there."

Catchpole said he is amazed at the amount of kind and supportive responses he is receiving on social media.

"There are a lot of good people out there showing concern over something that to anyone else wouldn't seem like much," he said.

Catchpole said he remembers his mom as an outgoing character who never wanted anyone to worry about her.

If you happen to spot the statue, contact Catchpole at 604-536-1629.

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