Shelton, Washington’s iconic Paul Bunyan statue may be forced into retirement.
The 21-foot-tall fiberglass figure was being towed to an event last weekend when its 12-foot ax slipped out of its hands somewhere along Highway 101 near Shelton, according to owner Lloyd Prouty.
“I drove up there five or six times – I couldn’t find it,” he said.
On Monday, Prouty’s daughter Kathleen Otto learned that a woman posted an ad on Craigslist saying she’d found a giant ax alongside the road.
Otto said they were initially hopeful that the ax would be returned after speaking and emailing with the woman. But their last exchange led them to believe that the woman may have decided to try to sell the ax to a third party, Otto said.
Otto and Prouty are now hoping publicity will help get the ax returned.
“Somebody knows somebody,” Otto said. “How do you hide a 12-foot ax?”
Detective William Adam confirmed there is an active investigation. He noted that the Paul Bunyan statue is a part of Shelton’s history.
“Anybody who’s grown up in the community, or has been here more than a couple of years, would know about it,” Adam said.