400-year-old ring-dated log missing from Sedro-Woolley

SEDRO-WOOLLEY, Wash. -- The town of Sedro-Woolley is upset over the disappearance of a treasured trunk -- a 400-year-old ring-dated log.

It lived its life just beyond the gates at Janicki Industries and sat as a witness to history.

"It actually started growing before the pilgrims came in 1620," said Mike Janicki.

And after its death, its log remained mounted several feet off the ground in a wood-framed, roofed display -- a symbol of strength, stability, and history.

That is, until two weeks ago when it was discovered stolen.

"Nobody can find it and so we thought somebody stole this," Janicki said.

Janicki is convinced it took more than one thief to steal the log, which weighs several hundred pounds and would have required heavy equipment to remove.

"It's a 400-year-old piece of wood that's very unique and it's gone," he said.

He's worried the precious rings may be chopped up and used for firewood, or worse...

"We didn't realize that people would steal it or we would have moved it before," he said.

The plan was to eventually move the tree and put it on display.

"If we get it back, we're gonna put it in the Sedro-Woolley museum," Janicki said.

And if they don't?

"It's gone and I'm not sure you could find a tree like that again," he said.

Janicki Industries is offering a $500 reward for any information leading to the return of the log.