Custer Memorial Association hoping to recover 2 stolen signs

MISSING — This is one of two New Rumley signs that were reported stolen Thursday. Both signs were located in the community along state Route 646 in Rumley Township. Local officials are encouraging anyone with information regarding the signs’ whereabouts to contact the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department. -- Contributed

The Custer Memorial Association is hoping to recover two signs that apparently were stolen last week from New Rumley, an unincorporated community inside Rumley Township.

The two signs, stationed at either end of the community along state Route 646, have vanished. Only the posts the signs were mounted atop remain.

Dave Rose, president of the Custer Memorial Association, said officials noticed the signs were missing Feb. 24, but were unsure if they possibly had just been taken down for maintenance purposes. After contacting the Ohio History Connection and the Ohio Department of Transportation, Rose said he discovered that was not the case and reported the potential theft to the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department.

Lauren Borrell, spokeswoman for ODOT District 11, confirmed that the signs were not removed by ODOT personnel.

Rose said there was no damage to the posts that might indicate they were accidentally struck and no trace of either sign around the area. It appears the signs were intentionally taken down, he said.

The signs denote New Rumley as the birthplace of George Armstrong Custer, who died at the Battle of Little Bighorn.

Rose said the memorial association is hoping to recover the signs and urges anyone with information to contact the sheriff’s department at (740) 942-2197.

“If anyone who may have seen anyone tampering with them or knows where they might be, please call the sheriff’s office,” he said.

Sheriff Ronald “Joe” Myers said the department is investigating the missing signs and looking into possible leads.


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