DANBURY, Texas --The cemetery in Danbury couldn’t be more peaceful on a sunny afternoon. But amid the quiet bird chirps and wind chimes, in the shade of an old tree, something is very wrong.
“Just almost went to my knees when I saw a hole in the ground,” said Cathy Wright.
The marker at the foot of her father Morris Dobbins’ grave is gone.
“I was sickened, literally sickened. She was in tears. It was just such a major violation,” said Marie McCormick, Cathy's sister.
To the sisters, the timing couldn’t be worse. Their father was a veteran and the theft comes right before Memorial Day weekend.
“Our father was a 13-month, in-country Korean veteran and we felt it was very important to honor him,” said McCormick.
The footstone is a military marker that was a long time coming. Dobbins died of a heart attack in 1996 and his daughters finally managed to get the stone in place just last month.
“There’s his flags, there’s his saying that he is an honorable veteran, and now it’s gone,” said Wright.
But just as KHOU 11 pulled into town, the family got some news from a Danbury Police officer.
Wright said he told her: “I’ve solved the case.”
And this final twist may be the most painful.
“It was a disgruntled family member that for some reason didn’t want it there, I don’t know why,” said Wright.
“I don’t have words at this moment, I’m sick,” said McCormick.
But at least they now know where the marker is, and that it’s coming back to stand as a silent sentinel for an honorable man.
“He was the first man I ever loved,” said McCormick.
And that’s something no one can take away.
KHOU 11 News has learned the family has now recovered the grave marker, and placed it back at Dobbins’ grave.