Robert Frost bust recovered 25 years after its theft

 American sculptor Walker Hancock, who created the Robert Frost bust, also did this bronze of John Paul Jones, which stands in the Philadelphia Museum of Art Sculpture Garden. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

American sculptor Walker Hancock, who created the Robert Frost bust, also did this bronze of John Paul Jones, which stands in the Philadelphia Museum of Art Sculpture Garden. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

LAMAR, Mo. (AP) – A valuable statue stolen in 1987 from Wichita State University has been recovered in southwestern Missouri, and one man is under arrest.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the bronze bust of American poet Robert Frost by famed sculptor Walker Hancock is currently valued at about $25,000. News reports from 1987 indicate the statue was one of three stolen early that year from an outdoor collection on the campus of the Kansas school.

The Highway Patrol says troopers and officers of the Lamar Police Department recovered the Frost bronze Wednesday. A 44-year-old Lamar man was arrested and jailed on suspicion of receiving stolen property.

Wichita State campus police contacted Missouri authorities after receiving information about the sculpture’s possible location in June.

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 American sculptor Walker Hancock, who created the Robert Frost bust, also did this bronze of John Paul Jones, which stands in the Philadelphia Museum of Art Sculpture Garden. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

American sculptor Walker Hancock, who created the Robert Frost bust, also did this bronze of John Paul Jones, which stands in the Philadelphia Museum of Art Sculpture Garden. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.