Bronze Bust Of JFK Stolen From A Tucson Park

December 18, 2013

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities in Tucson said a bronze bust of John F. Kennedy is missing after being stolen off its pedestal base from Presidio Park last weekend.

The bust was erected in 1964, one year after the former president's assassination. It depicts JFK wearing a coat and tie. Authorities said the bust was ripped clean off its granite base.

A city parks employee discovered the headless pedestal and reported it Monday. Presidio Park is equipped with surveillance cameras which did not catch the theft. The cameras are live and do not record.

Pima County Democratic Party chairman Don Jorgensen called the theft "disappointing and disrespectful." He said the party donated the sculpture to provide Tucson residents a means to honor Kennedy's memory and legacy. Jorgensen said he hopes the bust is returned undamaged.