UPDATE: The missing 2.5-ton cross was found in a scrap yard shortly after our report aired Wednesday night.
GUTHRIE, Okla. — Jeff Machtolff has fond memories of the giant steel cross that once adorned the rooftop of Logan County Memorial Hospital.
Machtolff said, “You could see it from a long ways away. It made you feel better.The cross was comforting outside but inside it was a different story.”
Time and mother nature had taken a toll on Guthrie’s cherished symbol of hope.
The rusty, broken cross was taken down July 6 to be refurbished and then relocated to Mercy Hospital west of town.
Hospital Administrator Josh Tucker said, “Mercy is a faith-based organization and our mission is the healing ministry of Jesus Christ. It means a lot to have a cross on the hospital. There is no better symbol than having that old symbol moved over.”
While at a sign shop in Oklahoma City, the 5,200-pound steel cross went missing.
It would take herculean strength to carry out such a heavy heist.
Machtolff said, “That’s just amazing, just to think how could anybody do that? Just to move it, and how many guys would it take?”
If it were sold to a scrap yard, the 2.5-ton cross would likely fetch several hundred dollars but it’s much more valuable to Mercy Hospital.
Tucker told us, “As far as sentimental value of the cross, obviously we cherished having it refurbished. We want to have it back. I don’t know if it’s been scraped or cut down but it does mean a lot to the community and to us.”