The memorial plaque the family of radio legend Jess Cain feared had been stolen from the Public Garden was found in its proper place today by a Boston Parks Department official.
Hines said a parks official found the Cain plaque underneath a blanket of mulch and that it was still firmly attached to a concrete anchor.
"I think they just looked at the wrong tree,'' said Hines. "Maybe they couldn’t see the plaque because it was covered with mulch.''
Cain's widow, Jean, and her son, Michael, told the Globe earlier today that a relative reported the plaque missing on Thursday and that Jean Cain later checked the area out and also concluded it was gone.
Michael Cain said in an e-mail it was not immediately clear to him how the mistake happened.
Hines, the parks spokeswoman, said that while the Cains now know the fate of their plaque, another family may soon have to deal with the same upsetting emotions.
"We have to research it to see who it is,'' Hines said. "We will have to go through the records. We are on it now.''
Jean and Jess Cain married in 1954, three years before her husband began working at WHDH Radio, a job he held until his retirement 34 years later in 1991. He was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame.
Jess Cain died on Feb. 14, 2008 and a few months later, the family planted the crabapple tree. Last year, they installed the plaque.
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