A “Duck Dynasty” scarecrow that went missing last week has been found, but the realistic looking representation has been burned and destroyed. Only charred remains were located, and a juvenile has been arrested, reports the Cherokee Tribune today.
Police in the north Georgia town of Ball Ground discovered the burned remains of the scarecrow portraying Uncle Si Robertson from TV's “Duck Dynasty.” A $1,000 reward had previously been offered for information leading to the return of the scarecrow.
An arrest has been made and charges are now pending against an unnamed 16-year-old, who allegedly admitted to stealing the scarecrow.
“We discovered after a little investigation that a juvenile had taken it,” Ball Ground Police Chief Bryon Reeves said. “I made contact with the juvenile who lives a little further away and he admitted to taking it. It was nothing but ashes and it was completely gone.”
City Clerk Karen Jordan said the scarecrow was a favorite to win an upcoming contest the town was holding. The scarecrow was the handiwork of four moms of fourth graders, who spent over 40 hours on the craft and have said they plan to rebuild the scarecrow.
Mom Allison Martin said that they forgive the person who did it.
“To begin with we were kind of upset, the main reason we had done ‘Duck Dynasty’ was because of the background and their beliefs and we truly believe in them, and as a community we have to forgive,” Martin said.
City Manager Eric Wilmarth said the teen who copped to the crime was from out of state and admitted to burning the scarecrow after he got scared.
“He was just passing through downtown Ball Ground and thought Uncle Si was pretty cool and wanted him. (He) just didn’t think about the consequences, and I am sure didn’t think there would be so much publicity,” Wilmarth said. “The young man has expressed remorse — he is sorry for what he did — it’s just one of those things you can’t back up and undo.”