One of four historical markers ripped from its post on a Richland street last weekend was returned Monday, but organizers hope a reward will lead to more information.
Richland police were called Sunday evening when someone discovered the theft of the markers recognizing war heroes for whom Richland's original streets were named.
The "In Honor Of" Historic Street Project is sponsored by Richland's AMVETS Post 397, which has placed 102 markers in the city since December.
Project manager Karen Miles said she awoke at 6:30 a.m. Monday to see if any others were missing. She found a twisted sign with a marker that honors Tinkle Street's namesake, Lt. Otto Spaulding Tinkel from World War I.
Miles said she believes someone decided to return at least the one sign after seeing a story in Monday's Tri-City Herald.
Also Monday, donations came pouring into the AMVETS once people read that it will cost the group to replace the markers, which already have been ordered. She said the treasurer opened a bank account, and the money will be given to anyone who can provide a valid tip leading to the arrest, prosecution and conviction of the thief.
People with information can call the nonemergency dispatch line at 628-0333.