Residents of Dorothy discovered some dishearting news earlier this week. A handmade cross from The Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church has gone missing, presumed stolen.
Pat Roes, A Dorothy resident, explained how they discovered the missing artifact.
"The fellow that built the wooden part of the cross happened to be in the church within the last week. We had our annual meeting just the other day, and he was there and asked if someone had taken the cross down in the church and we said not that we know of and sure enough it was gone. Someone helped themselves it."
She explained that the church had been restored by locals years before, and it had been running as a museum. It was open to the public and never locked.
"There are lots of people stopping in. Lots of tourists and lots of people who like to just look at them, so we don't know when it was taken. We are so used to seeing people go to look at the churches that we never even think twice about it," continued Roes.
Residents of Dorothy are baffled that someone would help themselves to such a piece. The main part of the cross is constructed in wood, but there is a smaller cross attached that does hold some significance.
"The metal part of the cross was actually donated by a member who used to live in the community who has since passed away. I think it originally came from the church because she has given quite a few statues and little things from the church after it was officially decommissioned as a church," concluded Roes.