Left for scrap

WATERBURY, Conn. (WTNH) — A bronze religious statue has turned up at a scrap yard in Waterbury. The owner doesn’t have the heart to destroy it, so now he’s trying to figure out who it belongs to.

Dan Cusano is the owner of Eastern Economic Recycling. People bring him all kinds of scrap objects on a daily basis. But two weeks ago a statue caught his eye.

“It’s got some mounting brackets on the bottom so it looks like it was maybe mounted to something,” Cusano said.

It’s certainly not your typical lawn ornament. Cusano is now trying to figure out who this 120 pound statue belongs to. “I just think because of the way it’s a nice statue and she belong to whomever, the rightful owner,” he said.

The owner of a waterbury scrap yard wants to find the original owner of a bronze statue  of a woman.
The owner of a waterbury scrap yard wants to find the original owner of a bronze statue of a woman.

Cusano has put an add in the paper, hoping to get some answers. He’s even touched base with the person who brought it in. “They just said that they found it,” he said. “They do clean outs of the home and found it in the basement.”

Cusano says he paid $200 for the statue, but because it’s solid brass he believes it could be worth $3,000.

He has received some 30 phones calls with possible information about the statue. Some say it may have been placed in a nearby cemetery more than 100 years ago, depicting a grieving mother. But so far there has been no confirmation.

Cusano says before he hands it over to anyone, he wants some sort of proof. “Maybe like a receipt or a picture of it or something stating where it belongs or where it came from.”

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