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CONTACT: STEVE PARROTT
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Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-0557; fax (319) 335-0558
e-mail:steven-parrott@uiowa.edu

Release: Immediate

UI offers reward for tusk stolen from Museum of Natural History

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa is offering a reward in an attempt to recover a 100-year-old narwhale tusk that was stolen from the UI Museum of Natural History Aug. 11. In exchange for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual or individuals responsible for the theft of the tusk, a reward of $1,000 is being offered, UI officials announced Tuesday.

The spiral-shaped ivory tusk is about six feet long, weighs about 40 pounds and is approximately two inches in diameter at its base. Museum officials have said that it looks like a large walking stick. It was acquired by the UI in the early 1890s.

Persons with information about the theft are asked to call the UI department of public safety at (319) 335-5022.

9/17/97