The Mojave Memorial Cross, famous for its controversy about whether it should be allowed on federal land in the Mojave Desert and later alleged to have been stolen by vandals, appears to have been found near Half Moon Bay.
The cross was found just after 11 a.m. today by San Mateo County sheriff’s deputies about three miles south of upper State Route 92 and Highway 35, also known as Muddy Road. Deputies found it standing upright and attached to a fence post with zip ties. It was in good condition with a note taped to it, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies contacted the National Parks Service, who put them in contact with an officer in the Mojave Desert who was familiar with the cross. The officer described unique markings on the cross, which San Mateo County deputies verified on the cross they found., according to the Sheriff's Office
The National Parks officer verified that the cross found on the side of the highway Monday was the cross that had been stolen from the Mojave Desert back in 2010. The San Francisco branch of the National Parks Service will be in contact with the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office to take custody of the cross, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
The cross was immersed in controversy for years and the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 vote in April 2010 that the cross should be allowed on government land to honor war dead.
The note on the found cross said, "This cross is an important historical artifact. It is in fact the Mojave Cross, taken on the evening of May 9, 2010 from Sunrise Rock in the Mojave Desert. I would be very grateful if you would be so kind as to notify the appropriate authorities of its presence here.”
There is a reward of $100,000 for the arrest and conviction of those who stole it, according to the Sheriff’s Office.