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Arrival of baby ducks renews hope for solving case

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Things haven't been the same at Bever Park since June 24th.

"It was a bad day," says zookeeper Julie Meyers.  "It was a day I pretty much just went through the motions and took care of the rest of the animals."

Meyers has poured her life into this zoo for 26 years.

Nothing could prepare her for what she saw when she came to work that day. 47 ducks had been stoned to death.

"If you think about it, they were just peacefully living their lives and to have somebody come and do something like that and such a vicious attack, I can't understand it," Meyers says.

Three and half months later, no one has been caught.

While police admit leads have begun to slow down this case, they still aren't giving up hope. In fact they're ready to issue a reward of nearly nine thousand dollars for information leading to an arrest and conviction.

"We're just reaching out to everyone," says Sergeant Cristy Hamblin with the Cedar Rapids police.  "We're gonna start reaching out to the high schools as well asking the high schools because the average person would think a crime like this is maybe some high school kids."

"I'm confident that somebody's gonna get caught," says Meyers.  "I'm sure somebody's talked or somebody's going to."

On the heels of brutality emerged generosity. Dozens of people donated more than two thousand dollars to purchase 70 new baby ducks. They are slowly being introduced to their new home.

It's a bittersweet day for Meyers. Happy to see life in this pond again, but June 24th is still fresh in her mind.

"It is. It probably will be for a long, long time."

Online Reporter: Bryan Goettel

bgoettel@kwwl.com

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