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A sentimental item was allegedly stolen from a teen’s gravesite in East Liverpool, and thanks to social media it was located and returned to the family.
Dana Wright secured a wreath at the gravesite of her daughter Paige on April 16, a day before her daughter’s birthday. A few days later it was gone. Wright and police think someone stole the memento.
Dana’s husband filed a police report with St. Clair Township Police, and her sister posted on Facebook about the alleged theft and asked friends to share it. Police also got word out on social media. It didn’t take long before Wright got a call from someone saying the wreathe was in a woman’s house in Wellsville.
“It was learned that particular wreath had appeared at a neighbors here in Wellsville on Aten Avenue,” said Wellsville Police Chief Joe Scarabino.
Wellsville and St. Clair Township police are working the case and interviewing suspects.
“The interviews primarily at this time, you know we believe, is going to be focused strictly on women,” said Scarabino.
The wreath was returned to Wright, and she has a message for the person who took it.
“Let this person walk one day in our shoes as parents losing our child, and you would never steal from a cemetery again,” said Wright.
Scarabino said the department is getting a lot of calls from people claiming they have had items stolen. He said a police report should be filed immediately after a theft is discovered.