The butterfly addition to a sculpture outside the Women's and Children's Alliance, which was reported stolen Nov. 12, was returned unharmed in the early morning hours of Nov. 13.
“Wherever journey the butterfly went on, it came back unscathed,” said Chris Campbell, the communications manager.
At approximately 5 a.m. a Boise police officer found what has been described as a “suspicious package” on the front stoop of the WCA building. Inside the bag was the stolen butterfly along with a note that read, “My friend is an idiot. I am so sorry,” according to Campbell.
No other identifying information was given.
Two bolts attaching the butterfly statue to the main statue were broken when the butterfly was stolen. The butterfly itself sustained no damage.
Campbell credited the public outrage on social media outlets like Twitter and Facebook for the quick return of the butterfly.
“It was like wildfire. It was amazing to watch [social media support] happen,” said Campbell.
As of yet the original culprit has not been identified.
One month after a new stained-glass butterfly was gifted to the Women's and Children's Alliance, after previous incarnations were stolen from outside of the downtown Boise headquarters in 2012, the butterfly has been stolen again.
The previous stained-glass butterfly, valued at $2,500, first disappeared from the WCA's downtown Boise building in March 2012. It was returned after a few weeks but, two months later, the butterfly was stolen again.
The new butterfly was granted to WCA by Kuna artist Valerie Pierce and presented at the Oct. 4 breakfast to honor survivors and first responders of domestic violence.
But Boise Police say they're searching for three suspects in connection with the theft of the new butterfly. Law enforcement said the theft occurred at 10:03 p.m. on Nov. 11. Security video shows three men walking up to the sculpture. One man is seen forcibly breaking the butterfly off the sculpture by repeatedly hitting then twisting the piece until it comes apart. The three are then seen walking away southbound on Eighth Street.
Anyone with information on the crime or possible suspects is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS.