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Joyland Amusement Park mascot, Louie the Clown, was found in a sex offender’s home. Louie went missing almost more than a decade ago.
The clown disappeared in 2005 or 2006 from the amusement park but was not reported stolen until 2010. Louie played Joyland’s Wurlitzer organ.
The Wichita Police Department stated that they will pursue charges against the two suspects in the case.
The police department say officers found the mascot on Tuesday at the home of 39-year-old Damian Mayes, who is currently serving a prison sentence for for aggravated indecent liberties with a child and aggravated criminal sodomy stemming from a 2010 conviction . Mayes was once employed by the partk to build and repair organs. He’s in prison on child sex crimes.
“It was quite a shock, because we had visited that residence before. They didn’t expect us back. They thought it was a done deal, closed, forgotten case, but like I said, through social media and a lot of interest not only in Joyland but the clown in particular, kind of kept it alive,” said Wichita Police Department’s Det. Matt Lang. “There’s many articles that said once Louie disappeared, he would never see the light of day again.”
Lang said an anonymous tip phoned in led to the discovery. According to police, Louie was in plain sight when they arrived. His identity was confirmed by the owners.
“The end result is going to be, Louie the clown is going to return to its rightful owner, and I have, I still have the case. I have the district attorney’s appointment Monday, and we’re going to pursue charges on the case,” said Lang.
Det. Lang stated the case had been on his desk for a month before the tip came in. He says he remembered the clown from his childhood.
“There was a lot of interest not only in Joyland, but the clown in particular kinda kept it alive, I didn’t know a whole lot about it and had to do some research myself, and I didn’t realize there was such an interest,” said Det. Lang.
Police estimated the nearly 50-year-old clown to be worth $10,000. Prosecutors will be filing felony charges against Mayes and one other person in the case.
Joyland in Wichita was open for 55 years until 2004. It closed and briefly reopened.