Criminal justice students help seek stolen statue

August 17, 2011 8:29:58 AM PDT
Some criminal justice students in East Texas will take a crack at a cold case: the 1995 theft of a statue of a former college president.

Tyler Junior College President Mike Metke on Tuesday announced renewed efforts to find the bronze statue of Harry Jenkins.

Jenkins led TJC, located 90 miles southeast of Dallas, from 1946 to 1980. He died in 1983. The $30,000 statue was erected four years later outside Wise Cultural Arts Plaza.

Jason Waller, who leads the TJC criminal justice program and worked with Jenkins, says students will help law officers follow up on leads.

Crime Stoppers has pledged a $5,000 reward for information leading to the statue, with reported sightings ranging from a fraternity house to the bottom of Lake Tyler.

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