Stone swan swiped from river

Landmark for tubers along South Alouette River goes missing

The swan was taken from Anna Bailey’s back yard along the South Alouette River.

It’s so heavy, made of solid concrete, then filled with more concrete, it definitely didn’t float down the river.

Nor is it likely that a bicycle bandit lifted it and put it in his knapsack.

But just what happened to the metre-high swan that was perched on the southern banks of the South Alouette River, near Davison’s Pool and hot rocks, a popular swimming hole, remains unknown.

But there’s no sign of someone smashing it or toppling it into the river, says Anna Bailey, from whose property the swan was stolen.

“I can’t see any remnants of it around the rock.

“They must have hauled it away. I don’t know how they would do that.

“It’s fairly big.”

And there’s no vehicle access to the swan either, meaning no one drove up in a pickup truck and loaded it up. It’s possible, someone toppled it and dumped it into the shallow river. But there are no signs of that either.

She asked her neighbours. “Nobody knows anything. They’re all concerned.”

The statue went missing Monday afternoon or evening. Bailey was out for awhile then realized it was gone when she returned.

“I can see it from my kitchen window.”

The big bird has been in the back yard of the house on 128th Crescent for at least a decade, although Bailey’s only been there for a few years.

“It’s quite a gorgeous-looking thing,” said neighbour Ann Roberts.

The theft has been reported to Ridge Meadows RCMP.

Roberts walked down to the former perch alongside the river and could find no hint of it.

“There’s no sign of the swan at all.”

 

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