Willowick police searching for person who stole butterflies from children’s memorial garden

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WILLOWICK, OH – A touching memorial to children who have passed away has been vandalized, and police want the public’s help in finding the thief or thieves.

Willowick Police report that 5 decorative butterflies have been stolen from a statue at the Children’s Memorial Butterfly Garden in Manry Park. 

This is what the butterflies look like:

Missing butterflies (Photo courtesy: Willowick Police Department)

Missing butterflies (Photo courtesy: Willowick Police Department)

The garden was dedicated as a place for family and friends to go to remember the lives of children who were taken from them at a young age.

According to the police, “The loss of these butterflies is another loss to the parents.”

Anyone with any information about the thieves is asked to  contact the Willowick Police Department 440-585-1234.

An empty-handed statue to the memory of children after the theft of the butterflies it used to hold. (Photo courtesy: Willowick Police)

An empty-handed statue to the memory of children after the theft of the butterflies it used to hold. (Photo courtesy: Willowick Police)

Fox 8’s Todd Meany covered the re-dedication of the garden three years ago. Watch his story: