VANCOUVER, Wash. -- Someone stole the head of a prominent statue on Vancouver's waterfront trail that honors the working women of World War II.
City officials said the head was stolen sometime in the last week. The head piece appeared as a bright red bandana in honor of "Rosie the Riveter," the cultural icon of World War II.
The sculpture, titled "Wendy Rose," is in memory of the women and men who worked at the Kaiser Shipyards during the war, according to city officials.
Vancouver businessman John Rudi, who donated $45,000 with his wife to build the plaza where the statue sits, is offering a reward for the return of the statue's head.
"The strength of the women in that era that was passed on to the next generation brought us to where we are today," said a woman named Georgie, who didn't give her last name. "My parents went through this war."
Installed in 2008, the 10-foot sculpture is located on the Columbia River waterfront trail about a mile east of Interstate 5.
"I'm kind of surprised the noise didn't wake some of these people around here," said Erica Hogberg, who walks by the statue every day.
Other neighbors told KATU they didn't hear anything.
Vancouver police are investigating, and the city has also notified its insurance division and contacted the artist for how much a replacement head would cost should the current head not be found.
"I definitely believe in karma and whoever did this is probably going to pay," said Georgie. "Maybe not necessarily now, but later on down the road."
KATU's Valerie Hurst contributed to this story.