Thousands of crosses disappear from Durango ski hill

Crosses meant to bring attention to child poverty

DURANGO, Colo. - Thousands of small crosses that were planted on Durango's city ski slope to bring attention to childhood poverty have disappeared.

The Durango Herald reports volunteers with the First Baptist Church of Bayfield planted 4,500 crosses in a cross pattern on Chapman Hill and had a permit from the city to keep them there for a month.

Police say the crosses were removed sometime between the night of July 9 and the morning of July 10. Sgt. Rita Warfield says the crosses might have been stolen to protest religious symbols in a public park.

City Manager Ron LeBlanc says he approved the church's project, "thinking it more to be freedom of expression than a religious statement."

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