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Contact: Julena Campbell, 304-465-6523
Glen Jean, West Virginia –The National Park Service (NPS) announced today that significant progress has been made in the investigation into the recent break in and robbery of the historic Baptist “black church” in Quinnimont. On February 7th, rangers discovered all of the furnishings inside the church had been stolen. Based on multiple leads from the public last week, NPS rangers have identified several suspects, and have been able to locate and recover all of the missing furniture, which had been sold to a local antique store. Investigation of the case is ongoing.
“We greatly appreciate the media interest and public assistance in this case,” said Superintendent Trish Kicklighter on Monday. “It’s reassuring to know that so many area residents care about both the NPS mission and the important resources that we strive to protect. Thanks to the multiple ‘tips’ we received from the public, and the quick follow-up work by our rangers, I’m happy to say thatwithin one weekof being discovered as missing, the stolen items have been returned to the park.”
As a reminder, anyone with information regarding crimes committed within New River Gorge National River, Bluestone National Scenic River, or Gauley River National Recreation Area is asked to contact the NPS at 304-465-6516 or Crime Stoppers of Raleigh County at 304-255-STOP (7867) at any time. The 24-hour tip line allows callers to remain anonymous. Cash rewards of up to $1000 are available to anyone providing information that leads to an arrest. Information on this crime or other violations may also be reported online at www.
About the National Park Service. More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s 409 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more at www.nps.gov.