For more than two decades, a white, Italian marble statue of a young woman has stood headless over the Gray’s Island Cemetery in Hillsborough, inspiring urban legends and ghost stories.
But this week, the century-old monument’s long-lost head was there.
The return has puzzled the closest living relatives of the woman buried in the cemetery.
Jennie Steeves was the daughter of an aunt of Kathleen Wallace’s father. Wallace recently saw a photograph of the monument on Facebook, which caught her by surprise.
“It showed the statue with the head beside it, that the head had been returned,” she said.