What started as a makeshift roadside memorial to Dennis Rodeman, the firefighter killed in a hit-and-run accident, grew over the weeks that followed Rodeman's death.
Now, it's all gone.
The Lansing Fire Department is investigating what happened, but all of its leads have come up empty, Emergency Management Chief Mike Tobin says. He has spoken with people who work in nearby shops, the city, the fire department, CATA (which is doing construction next to the site of the memorial) and Eyde, the company that owns the property. All of those organizations say they did not move the memorial.
"It's not a criminal act, these are emotional items, very personal items especially for some of the firefighters who were on the scene," Tobin said. "We're just trying to locate where they are, where they've disappeared to."