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Thursday, July 28, 2005

Life-Sized Statue of Betty Boop Beheaded

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - Her ebony hair perfectly parted and saucer-like eyes perpetually staring, the life-size Betty Boop statue became a local landmark on the city's Shore Drive. But Sunday morning, a patron discovered the $1,600 figure a block away from its home in front of Cool & Eclectic Furniture and Fashion - without its head.

Six days later, the head remained missing.

"Without it, she's nothing," said store owner Larry Estes, who filed a police report Friday.

Estes collected Boop's body and placed it in a storeroom. Then he began searching up and down Shore Drive.

He is offering a free store item to anyone who comes forward with Boop's head.

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