A controversial cross Mojave Desert that was stolen two years has turned up hundreds of miles away in the San Francisco Bay area.
The San Mateo County Sheriff’s Department was notified Monday that a large cross was tied to a fence post in Half Moon Bay. An attached note asked finders to contact authorities.
KGO-TV ( ) says the National Park Service confirmed it’s the same cross that vanished from Sunrise Rock in the Mojave Desert. The Sheriff’s Department plans to return it.
The cross honoring war dead was taken in 2010 after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled it didn’t violate separation of church and state because the public land it stood on was being transferred to a veterans group. A replacement will be dedicated there on Sunday for Veterans Day.
HALF MOON BAY — A controversial cross honoring war dead that was stolen from its Mojave Desert perch two years ago has been discovered hundreds of miles away in the San Francisco Bay area.
The 7-foot metal cross, which was in good condition, was discovered attached with plastic ties to a fence post near a highway in Half Moon Bay. The San Mateo County Sheriff’s Department was notified by KGO-TV and took possession of it on Monday.
The National Park Service confirmed that markings on the cross matched those from the missing cross, sheriff’s spokeswoman Rebecca Rosenblatt told the San Francisco Chronicle.
“Right now, it’s in safekeeping until its return to the rightful owners. It would go back to the Mojave Desert,” she said.
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