Stolen statue returned to Berrien County park

BERRIEN COUNTY, Mich. - The search for a bronze statue missing from a Berrien County park has ended but the reason for the statue's departure, and who could've taken it, is still a mystery.

The statue, named after Potawatomi woman Madeline Bertrand, sits at Madeline Bertrand County Park near the Michigan/Indiana border.

Madeline herself is a historically significant figure for the park and the surrounding Niles region.

Back on March 16, someone stole the figure, severing its legs while leaving the ankles and feet behind.

Around 11 p.m. Saturday night, the stature reappeared, seemingly at the hand of its captor.

The unknown subject snapped a photo of the statue before leaving the scene.

When discovered, Madeline was propped against the base of her pedestal.

Police say the only obvious damage left behind was where the suspect stole it from the baas.

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