Theft of Lincoln's hand mystifies a museum in Illinois

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Theft Of Lincoln's Hand Mystifies A Museum In Illinois

Abraham Lincoln is among the most celebrated U.S. presidents, and that is especially true in his home state of Illinois. One of the many institutions there that honors the national leader is having a bit of an issue.

Abraham Lincoln's hand is missing. The appendage, which is made of plaster, was removed from a gallery at the Kankakee County Museum around December 11th.

Initially, staff thought somebody was playing a prank, but when the hand wasn't returned after a couple of days, a search began.

In a Facebook post regarding the theft, the object is described as being, "well over 150 years old," and "...The size of [an] 8-10 pound Ham."

Anyone with information about the missing hand is asked to call Kankakee police.

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