New pioneer woman statue found in Independence
INDEPENDENCE (AP) - A new statue has been chosen to replace the Pioneer Woman Statue that was stolen and destroyed from an Independence museum.
Dave Aamodt, curator of the National Frontier Trails Museum told the Independence City Council that the $40,000 needed for the new statue will be covered entirely by donations and funds from the Truman-Heartland Foundation.
It will replace a life-size Pioneer Woman bronze statue that was stolen from in front of the museum in June 2013. The thieves destroyed the statue and tried to sell the parts for scrap. Two people were sentenced to prison and one was placed on probation for the crime.
The Independence Examiner reported the city hopes to receive the new statue in May.