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Father Desperately Looking For Handmade Crosses Left Where Son Died

Mar 18, 2017

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CASCO (WGME) – The father of a 4-year-old boy who died in a Casco crash is desperately looking for handmade crosses he put up to memorialize his son.

It was supposed to be a celebration of life. Gary Peaslee says he was coming out to place some balloons and candles for his son's birthday when he noticed the crosses he had placed almost two years ago had disappeared.

"I saw they were both gone, and I was just shocked," Peaslee said.

Cameron Petersen was just four years old when he lost his life.

“He was always happy,” Peaslee said. “He was a happy-go-lucky kid."

In August of 2015, police say he was thrown from a car after the driver lost control on Route 11 in Casco, hitting a telephone pole. The driver never had a license and later served jail time.

"I try to forget about that, and I try to think about the good times that I had with my son," Peaslee said.

Not long after his son's death, Gary Peaslee says he coped by making the memorial, adding two wooden crosses.

"It took me probably three hours to dig the hole to bury my son's cross,” Peaslee said. “It took me four hours to hand make the cross. For it to just disappear, it just breaks my heart."

The town of Casco says they don't maintain Route 11 and would have no reason to remove the crosses.

Maine DOT said they didn't remove them either.

Even the property owner, Hancock Lumber, says they're not sure what happened.

Whether it was vandals or just accidently taken, Peaslee says he just wants his son's memory to stay alive.

If you have any information about the crosses’ whereabouts you're asked to call Casco Police.