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Century Old Urn Stolen

Associated Press - October 15, 2014 7:54 am

Topeka police are searching for whoever stole a century-old bronze urn from an area cemetery.

Police say the 3-foot tall and 3-foot wide urn was taken Sunday night or Monday morning. It was placed at the cemetery between 1912 and 1917 to mark the grave of Bell Hurley.

The urn stood on top of a hill next to a 40-foot obelisk honoring her husband, James Hurley.

A historian tells the Topeka Capital-Journal the urn and obelisk have been major sights at the cemetery and were meant to memorialize the couple that contributed to the Santa Fe Railroad.

James Hurley was a general manager of the railroad and employees raised money for two years to help purchase the obelisk and urn.

Police are investigating and have asked for the public’s assistance.

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