- Associated Press - Thursday, June 4, 2015

VENTNOR, N.J. (AP) - Police in southern New Jersey have solved the mystery of a bust left on a shore town’s boardwalk more than six months ago.

Authorities say the 20-pound sculpture is of the late Samuel Shames, a dentist in Delaware.

Ventnor police officers have been trying to figure out who it belongs to since it was left on the boardwalk in November. The more than a foot-tall sculpture carried few clues other than the word HILDA etched near the bottom next to the number 72.

Family members say the bust was made by Shames’ late wife Hilda in 1972.

Officers initially believed it was probably stolen from a burglarized home. But family members say the sculpture was probably lost in the move when they sold their Ventnor home.

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