Someone gave the Garfield statue near downtown Marion, IN’s Riverwalk a little too much love.
Seems 23-year-old Joseph P. Savarino didn’t know his own strength. Savarino said he panicked when the cartoon character’s head came off when he hugged it, so he made off with it and left it alongside a road where it later was found. Perfectly understandable, we all do silly things when we panic upon squeezing off a comic strip character’s statuesque head.
The cops noticed the head was missing last December 15. On the 18th an employee with the Army Corps of Engineers found the fiberglass head and retrieved it from the side of a road near the Mississinewa Reservoir. The statue’s base has since been moved to the Grant County Parks and Recreation maintenance building to protect it from further overly-enthusiastic fans who just can’t get enough of Mark Evanier ‘s television cartoons. No word on whether base and head have since been reunited, but we like to think they joined again sometime around Valentine’s Day and went out for a nice lasagna dinner.