WILLARD, Mo. – An upstate New York woman is tearfully rejoicing at the recovery in Missouri of a U.S. flag that had draped the casket of her World War II veteran father in 1969.
Cathy Scoppo says the flag was stolen days after Memorial Day while she had it displayed at her family’s campground near Wolcott, New York.
Sixty-year-old Scoppo says the theft left her heartbroken. She says texts by a southwestern Missouri teenager who had been staying with relatives at the campground at the time of the theft identified him as a suspect.
Willard, Missouri, police working with New York authorities located the flag from the teenager last week, only after Scoppo says the teen and his family refused to cooperate in the matter. Police have referred the incident to juvenile authorities.