ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla.- Have you seen her? The Virgin Mary is missing. Police said a statue of her was stolen from a well known St. Augustine home.
The owner is sharing their story with FCN's David Williams in hopes that someone might find her.
Driving along A1A along the Atlantic Ocean in the nation's oldest city, you will see something that resembles what an Irish castle might have looked like 1,000 years ago
Rusty Ickes built Castle Otttis with another person by hand beginning in 1984.
"We dedicated this structure, monument to Jesus Christ," Ickes said.
It's a place where people of all faiths are welcome.
"We built it as a place of peace upon the earth," Ickes said.
Under the cross...visible from some of the castle's natural windows...was a statue of the Virgin Mary that is very important to his faith and family.
"It was very old because in my memory," he explained. "My mother had that as long as i can remember."
Ickes said it survived his brother's house fire last year and that the Virgin Mary helped to save his brother's life. Then, Ickes said he brought it to the castle. To Ickes, it was almost as if she was
"...Protecting the castle and that she was blessing the people as they came," he explained.
Ikes said the last time he saw the Virgin Mary statue was in late July. It was sitting up on a high ledge like it had been for almost a year watching over the castle. Then, someone stole it.
That was around July 22nd according to police. No suspects have been identified.
"I couldn't really imagine why anyone would do something like that," he said.
Ickes explained that he isn't angry, but he is hoping
"That perhaps someone in your viewing audience will see or locate this statue and simply bring it back," Ickes explained to FCN.
If you have any information, call the St. John's County Sheriff's Office at 904-824-8304.
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